Unemployment increased in California and Sacramento last month, state officials said today.
The statewide unemployment rate jumped two-tenths of a percent, to 8.7 percent, even though employers added 38,100 jobs during July.
In Sacramento, unemployment rose to 8.9 percent from 8.4 percent in June.
The region lost 13,500 jobs. The biggest cutback was in local government, 10,900 jobs, which was described as a seasonal event.
Private education also shed 700 jobs.
There were some quirks in the data: Construction lost 500 jobs despite evidence that that housing market is picking up momentum.
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