California in Recovery—Slowly But Surely

by Jerri Hemsworth | May 17, 2012 3:10 pm

California ended the quarter on a slightly upbeat note. The state added more than 18,000 non-farm jobs in March 2012, according to the Employment Development Department of California. While the unemployment rate rose one tenth to 11%, pundits believe this is part of a trend of more people coming back to the job market, so media consensus is that California is continuing to recover, albeit slowly.

In year-over-year performance, the state added 181,000 jobs. Eight categories posted job gains over the year, including construction; trade, transportation and utilities; information; financial activities; professional and business services; educational and health service; leisure and hospitality; and mining and logging. Government jobs went down in year-over-year comparison, losing about 46,000 jobs. •

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