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California Unemployment Drops to 8.5 Percent

December 20, 2013

Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee

California's unemployment rate continued falling in November, as payrolls grew faster than any other state.

Statewide unemployment dropped two-tenths of a percentage point, to 8.5 percent, according to data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS said employers added 44,300 jobs in California last month, the best showing of any state. In the past year, payrolls in California have grown by 226,000 jobs, second behind Texas.

The state's unemployment rate has fallen by 1.4 percentage points in the past year.

Local unemployment rates for November will be reported later today. Sacramento's unemployment rate in October was 8.1 percent.



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Original headline: BRIEF: California unemployment falls to 8.5%

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