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Unemployment inches up in state, Sacramento

This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table.
This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table. AP

Unemployment rates inched up in California and the Sacramento region last month, although job growth remained steady around the state.

California’s unemployment rate grew to 5.5 percent in July, up one-tenth of a point, the Employment Development Department reported Friday.

However, employers added 36,400 payroll jobs statewide during the month, a sign that the California economy is still growing despite signs of a slowdown nationally. The unemployment rates and payroll statistics are derived from separate surveys and don’t always move in tandem; economists generally look at the payrolls as the best indicator of how the economy is performing.

In Sacramento, unemployment jumped 0.2 of a point, to 5.8 percent. Payroll jobs shrank by 9,300, although seasonal factors were at play. The Employment Development Department said 12,400 public education jobs disappeared as schools downsized for the summer. Private schools shed an additional 700 jobs.

Retailers cut 500 jobs in July in greater Sacramento, although the leisure and hospitality sector added 1,000 jobs. Manufacturing added 1,200 jobs.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler

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