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California’s unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent in July

California’s unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent in July as the state’s employers added 114,400 non-farm payroll jobs1, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. This comes after June’s unemployment rate was revised downward from 7.7 percent to 7.6 percent due to a downward-revised (-17,300) month-over decline in unemployed persons for the month.

California’s Labor Market, by the Numbers

  • The unemployment rate of 7.6 percent2 in July 2021 is 5.6 percentage points better than that of July 2020 and is California’s lowest unemployment rate since March 2020.
  • From February 2021 through July 2021, California has added 671,100 total non-farm payroll jobs, which is an average of 111,850 jobs per month for that time period.
  • Of the 2,714,800 jobs lost in March and April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California has now regained 1,582,900 jobs (58.3 percent).
  • Nine of California’s 11 industry sectors gained jobs in July. Leisure & Hospitality (+56,600) continued to have the state’s largest month-over increase for the sixth straight month thanks to significant increases in Food Services and Drinking Places.
  • Educational & Health Services (+10,400) also did well due to increased hiring in telehealth and cybersecurity within healthcare firms.
  • Manufacturing (-4,500) suffered the largest month-over job reduction due a large decrease in Transportation Equipment Manufacturing.

1. The nonfarm payroll job numbers come from a federal survey of 80,000 California businesses.
2. The unemployment rate comes from a separate federal survey of 5,100 California households.

For more information on unemployment and jobs in California, read the entire article.

Important note: The employment data for the month of July 2021 is taken from the survey week including July 12. Data for the month of August is scheduled for release on Sept. 17, 2021.

The article above was released by the California Employment Development Department.