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In Spite Of Adding Jobs, California's Unemployment Rate Went Up Slightly Last Month

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California added jobs last month, but the state's unemployment rate went up a bit anyway.  More in this report from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California added more than twenty-four thousand jobs in March, while its unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.3 percent, according to a state report released today [on Friday].

The jobless rate was up one-tenth of a percent from February.

Governor Gavin Newsom’s chief economic advisor Lenny Mendonca

says the numbers follow a steady pattern of job growth. He added, however, that two-thirds of the growth took place in the Bay Area.

“There are parts of the state that still have double-digit unemployment rates, Tulare at 12 percent, Kern County at 10.1 percent … And so there’s still an opportunity to ensure that that job creation is broadly spread across the state.” (:16)

Nine of the state’s top industry sectors gained positions. Construction reported the largest increase at nine thousand four hundred jobs.

Ken Vincent has retired. We appreciate the way he shared his expertise with many of our young interns and reporters over the nearly eight years he spent as KVCR's lead journalist and Morning Edition host. We wish him a happy and relaxing retirement as he spends more time in his garden and, as he mentioned, more time on the golf course. Thanks Ken!
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