California’s jobless rate rose to 5.1 percent in August, the first time in six months that statewide unemployment surpassed the 5 percent threshold.
Unemployment was 4.8 percent in July, and it stood at an all-time record-tying low of 4.7 percent seen in both May and June.
The state Employment Development Department said Friday that non-farm payroll employment statewide totaled 16,777,800 in August, reflecting a net loss of 8,200 jobs from July.
EDD said the number of unemployed Californians was 972,000 in August, up 46,000 from July but down 59,000 compared with August last year.
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Year-over-year, there was an overall gain 265,100 jobs, a 1.6 percent increase.
EDD said six of California’s eleven major industry sectors added a combined 22,200 jobs in August. Manufacturing saw a monthly gain of 6,600.
Five industry sectors reported monthly job declines – 30,400 in all. The leisure and hospitality segment posted the largest monthly decrease, down 12,400 jobs, followed by professional and business services with a loss of 11,500.
Sacramento County’s preliminary, non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in August, matching the July percentage. EDD said 37,900 were unemployed countywide in August.