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California unemployment rate remains at 7.6 percent for July 2021

Employers added 114,400 nonfarm payroll jobs

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.

SACRAMENTO – 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.

The California unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in July 2021, the same as June but down from 13.2 percent from July 2020.
California payroll jobs totaled 16,529,000 in July 2021, up 114,400 from June 2021 and up from 15,644,600 from July 2020.

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.

Data Trends about Jobs in the Economy

Total Nonfarm Payroll Jobs

This comes from a monthly survey of approximately 80,000 California businesses that estimates jobs in the economy – seasonally adjusted.

  • Month-over – Total nonfarm jobs in California’s 11 major industries totaled 16,529,000 in July – a net gain of 114,400 jobs from June 2021. This followed a downward revision of 2,000 jobs for a revised month-over gain of 71,500 jobs in June.
  • Year-over – Total nonfarm jobs increased by 864,400 (a 5.5 percent increase) from July 2020 to July 2021 compared to the U.S. annual gain of 7,255,000 jobs (a 5.2 percent increase).
Major Industries Month-over Change (June 2021–July 2021) Year-over Change (July 2020–July 2021) Total Payroll Jobs as of July 2021
Leisure and Hospitality +56,600 +327,000 1,631,200
Government +35,900 +9,600 2,448,800
Education and Health Services +10,400 +91,900 2,792,500
Other Services +6,400 +42,600 488,400
Information +4,600 +38,300 544,200
Professional and Business Services +4,000 +148,800 2,676,200
Construction +1,100 +39,900 878,200
Trade, Transportation, Utilities +1,000 +147,900 2,989,400
Mining and Logging +300 +200 18,900
Financial Activities -1,400 +5,000 807,400
Manufacturing -4,500 +13,200 1,253,800

Total Farm jobs – The number of jobs in the agriculture industry decreased by 3,600 from June 2021 to 419,300 jobs in July. The agricultural industry has 25,400 more farm jobs in July 2021 than it did the July prior.

Data Trends about Workers in the Economy

Employment and Unemployment in California

This information is based on a monthly federal survey of 5,100 California households which focuses on workers in the economy.

  • Employed – The number of Californians employed in July was 17,493,600, an increase of 56,000 persons from June’s total of 17,437,600 and up 1,225,600 from the employment total in July of last year.
  • Unemployed – The number of unemployed Californians was 1,433,800 in July, a decrease of 5,800 over the month and down 1,029,700 in comparison to July of last year.
California Labor Force Month-over Change (June 2021–July 2021) Year-over Change (July 2020–July 2021)
* Civilian Labor Force (18,927,500) +50,300 +196,000
Total Civilian Employment (17,493,600) +56,000 +1,225,600
Unemployment (1,433,800) -5,800 -1,029,700

* Labor force by place of residence, including workers involved in trade disputes.

Unemployment Insurance Claims (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The following data is from a sample week that includes the 19th of each month: In related data that figures into the state’s unemployment rate, there were 834,513 people certifying for Unemployment Insurance benefits during the July 2021 sample week. That compares to 592,867 people in June and 3,144,098 people in July 2020. Concurrently, 64,642 initial claims were processed in the July 2021 sample week, which was a month-over increase of 519 claims from June, but a year-over decrease of 179,864 claims from July 2020.

California Unemployment Insurance Claims Month-over Change (June 2021–July 2021) Year-over Change (July 2020–July 2021)
UI Recipients (834,513) +241,646 -2,309,585
New UI Claims (64,642) +519 -179,864
MONTHLY LABOR FORCE DATA FOR COUNTIES
July 2021 (Preliminary); 2020 Benchmark
NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
COUNTY LABOR FORCE EMPLOYMENT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
STATE TOTAL 19,164,600 17,659,100 1,505,500 7.9%
ALAMEDA 811,000 758,900 52,100 6.4%
ALPINE 480 440 50 9.4%
AMADOR 14,690 13,690 1,000 6.8%
BUTTE 93,300 86,600 6,700 7.2%
CALAVERAS 21,990 20,730 1,260 5.7%
COLUSA 11,250 10,060 1,190 10.6%
CONTRA COSTA 541,300 504,800 36,500 6.7%
DEL NORTE 9,590 8,860 730 7.6%
EL DORADO 91,500 86,100 5,400 5.9%
FRESNO 449,200 407,400 41,800 9.3%
GLENN 13,040 12,120 920 7.0%
HUMBOLDT 59,600 55,800 3,800 6.4%
IMPERIAL 68,000 55,100 12,800 18.9%
INYO 8,380 7,890 490 5.9%
KERN 380,800 340,100 40,800 10.7%
KINGS 56,600 51,100 5,500 9.7%
LAKE 29,360 27,180 2,190 7.4%
LASSEN 9,680 9,130 560 5.7%
LOS ANGELES 5,102,700 4,581,300 521,300 10.2%
MADERA 61,800 56,100 5,600 9.1%
MARIN 135,000 128,900 6,100 4.5%
MARIPOSA 7,970 7,430 550 6.8%
MENDOCINO 37,010 34,670 2,340 6.3%
MERCED 118,500 106,300 12,100 10.2%
MODOC 3,430 3,220 210 6.2%
MONO 8,060 7,510 560 6.9%
MONTEREY 229,700 213,800 15,900 6.9%
NAPA 71,700 67,500 4,100 5.8%
NEVADA 47,110 44,390 2,720 5.8%
ORANGE 1,586,700 1,487,200 99,500 6.3%
PLACER 186,900 176,900 10,000 5.3%
PLUMAS 8,220 7,610 610 7.4%
RIVERSIDE 1,123,700 1,035,300 88,400 7.9%
SACRAMENTO 714,800 662,400 52,400 7.3%
SAN BENITO 31,800 29,500 2,300 7.2%
SAN BERNARDINO 985,600 907,200 78,400 8.0%
SAN DIEGO 1,543,900 1,437,600 106,300 6.9%
SAN FRANCISCO 561,600 532,400 29,200 5.2%
SAN JOAQUIN 333,000 302,900 30,100 9.0%
SAN LUIS OBISPO 131,200 123,700 7,500 5.7%
SAN MATEO 441,100 420,000 21,200 4.8%
SANTA BARBARA 222,100 209,300 12,900 5.8%
SANTA CLARA 1,027,700 977,100 50,600 4.9%
SANTA CRUZ 135,100 126,100 9,000 6.6%
SHASTA 74,100 69,000 5,200 7.0%
SIERRA 1,410 1,340 70 4.8%
SISKIYOU 17,350 16,050 1,300 7.5%
SOLANO 204,300 188,800 15,600 7.6%
SONOMA 249,400 235,600 13,800 5.6%
STANISLAUS 245,700 224,900 20,800 8.5%
SUTTER 47,400 43,400 4,000 8.5%
TEHAMA 25,610 23,680 1,920 7.5%
TRINITY 4,800 4,520 280 5.8%
TULARE 199,100 176,900 22,200 11.1%
TUOLUMNE 20,080 18,580 1,500 7.5%
VENTURA 411,300 385,100 26,200 6.4%
YOLO 107,400 101,000 6,400 5.9%
YUBA 30,500 27,800 2,700 8.8%