The state’s unemployment rate fell ever so slightly during the month of October, according to new data from the Employment Development Department. Overall 25,700 new jobs were added last month. So then where does California’s unemployment rate currently stand? It’s now 11.7%, which is certainly lower than the 12.5% rate that the state had a year ago; that being said, 11.7% is still far from encouraging. The nation’s unemployment rate was 9%. Manufacturing, trade and transportation, government and mining and logging all saw decreases in jobs. Bright spots for employment included construction, information, financial activities, professional and business services, educational and health services and leisure and hospitality.
You can find unemployment figures for each county in California here. Marin County is ranked best in the state and Imperial County is ranked worst.
You can also find more details on labor force and industry employment data for each county and metro area here. In many counties job additions came from government positions.