Business & Real Estate

State, Sacramento region unemployment rates down


California’s unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent in September, dropping below 6 percent for the first time in eight years, state officials reported Friday.

The August unemployment rate was 6.1 percent. The state also added 8,200 non-farm jobs during the month.

Sacramento’s unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent last month, down from a revised 5.7 percent in August, the state Employment Development Department said. The unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in El Dorado County, 4.4 percent in Placer County, 5.4 percent in Sacramento County and 5.3 percent in Yolo County.

In September, area employers added just 300 jobs in total. Some areas, such as government, saw substantial increases. Local government agencies, for instance, added 2,900 jobs. Education and health care services added 1,100 jobs. But seven industries had month-over-month declines, including transportation, farming and construction.

Overall, the Sacramento region has added 23,100 jobs in the past year, a growth rate of 2.6 percent.

Over the past year, California has added 444,300 jobs, the EDD said, an increase of 2.8 percent.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews