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California unemployment rate remains at 4.2 percent in June

Employers add 46,200 nonfarm payroll jobs

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SACRAMENTO – California’s unemployment remained at 4.2 percent in June while the state’s employers added 46,200 nonfarm payroll jobs, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. California has now gained 3,284,300 jobs since the economic expansion began in February 2010.

The California unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in June 2019, the same as May and the same as June of last year.

California payroll jobs totaled 17,473,900 in June 2019, up 46,200 from May and up 296,100 from June of last year.

California’s Labor Market, by the Numbers...

  • The state’s unemployment rate held at 4.2 percent1 still hovering near California’s record low unemployment rate of 4.1 percent set in July through December 2018.
  • The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 3.7 percent in June.
  • June’s 46,200 job2 gain was California’s second largest job increase in 2019 and accounted for approximately 21 percent of the nation’s 224,000 job gain for the month.
  • The state’s 112-month employment expansion is the second-longest on record behind the 113-month long expansion of the 1960s.
  • California has gained 3,284,300 jobs since the current economic expansion began in February 2010, averaging 29,320 jobs gained per month over the period – far more than the 8-9,000 jobs needed each month to keep up with growth in the labor force.
  • Nine of California’s 11 major industry sectors gained jobs in June. The biggest increase of 11,900 jobs came in construction; the largest June job increase in that industry in 10 years. Commercial and home construction both contributed to the construction industry’s June surge.

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

Data Trends about Jobs in the Economy

Total Nonfarm Payroll Jobs (Comes from a monthly survey of approximately 80,000 California businesses that estimates jobs in the economy – seasonally adjusted)

  • Month-over – Wage and salary jobs in California’s 11 major industries totaled 17,473,900 in June – a net gain of 46,200 jobs from May. This followed a revised gain of 21,600 jobs in May.
  • Year-over – Wage and salary jobs increased by 296,100 jobs (a 1.7 percent increase) from June 2018 to June 2019.
This table shows the number of California nonfarm payroll jobs grouped by major industries, with columns showing month-over and year-over change, plus total payroll jobs as of June 2019. If you need an alternative format to access this information, contact the EDD Equal Employment Opportunity Office at EEOmail@edd.ca.gov or call toll free 1-866-490-8879.

Total Farm jobs – The number of jobs in the agriculture industry decreased by 500 jobs from May to 429,300. The agricultural industry has added 2,400 farm jobs since June 2018.

Data Trends about Workers in the Economy

Employment and Unemployment in California (Based on monthly federal survey of 5,100 California households which focuses on workers in the economy)

  • Employed – The number of Californians holding jobs in June was 18,607,800, a decrease of 45,300 from May and up 58,700 from the employment total in June of last year.
  • Unemployed – The number of unemployed Californians was 813,700 in June, a decrease of 12,400 over the month and up by 3,400 compared with June of last year.
This table summarizes data from the prior text and adds that the civilian labor force (which is the labor force by place of residence, including workers involved in trading disputes) totaled 19,421,500, down 57,700 from May but up 62,000 from June of last year.

Unemployment Insurance Claims (not seasonally adjusted) In related data that figures into the state’s unemployment rate, there were 302,156 people receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits during the survey week in June compared to 321,372 in May and 303,592 people in June 2018. Concurrently, 38,886 people filed new claims in June which was a month-over increase of 490.

In June 2019, there were 302,156 people receiving unemployment insurance benefits, down 19,216 from May and down 1,436 from June of last year. There were 38,886 people who filed new claims, up 490 from May but down 8,141 from June of last year.
MONTHLY LABOR FORCE DATA FOR COUNTIES
June 2019 (Preliminary); 2018 Benchmark
NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
COUNTY LABOR FORCE EMPLOYMENT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
STATE TOTAL 19,293,700 18,493,300 800,500 4.1%
ALAMEDA 844,400 818,500 25,800 3.1%
ALPINE 480 450 40 7.4%
AMADOR 15,080 14,510 570 3.8%
BUTTE 101,300 96,000 5,300 5.2%
CALAVERAS 21,500 20,680 820 3.8%
COLUSA 11,240 10,060 1,180 10.5%
CONTRA COSTA 561,300 543,300 18,000 3.2%
DEL NORTE 9,790 9,270 520 5.4%
EL DORADO 91,000 87,700 3,300 3.7%
FRESNO 453,200 421,300 32,000 7.1%
GLENN 12,680 11,870 810 6.4%
HUMBOLDT 62,800 60,500 2,300 3.7%
IMPERIAL 70,100 57,100 13,000 18.6%
INYO 8,720 8,410 310 3.6%
KERN 390,400 359,100 31,300 8.0%
KINGS 57,600 53,000 4,500 7.9%
LAKE 29,260 27,840 1,420 4.8%
LASSEN 9,780 9,330 450 4.6%
LOS ANGELES 5,073,600 4,840,600 232,900 4.6%
MADERA 61,500 57,200 4,300 7.0%
MARIN 140,400 137,000 3,400 2.4%
MARIPOSA 8,190 7,870 320 3.9%
MENDOCINO 39,350 37,880 1,480 3.8%
MERCED 115,500 106,200 9,400 8.1%
MODOC 3,260 3,060 200 6.1%
MONO 8,850 8,530 320 3.6%
MONTEREY 233,000 221,900 11,100 4.8%
NAPA 75,300 73,200 2,100 2.8%
NEVADA 48,520 46,870 1,640 3.4%
ORANGE 1,604,000 1,556,500 47,400 3.0%
PLACER 184,400 178,400 6,000 3.3%
PLUMAS 8,260 7,750 520 6.2%
RIVERSIDE 1,085,300 1,037,800 47,500 4.4%
SACRAMENTO 708,000 680,600 27,400 3.9%
SAN BENITO 31,100 29,600 1,500 4.9%
SAN BERNARDINO 955,000 915,600 39,400 4.1%
SAN DIEGO 1,582,400 1,529,600 52,800 3.3%
SAN FRANCISCO 579,100 565,800 13,300 2.3%
SAN JOAQUIN 320,400 301,300 19,100 6.0%
SAN LUIS OBISPO 141,900 137,700 4,200 3.0%
SAN MATEO 457,100 447,200 9,900 2.2%
SANTA BARBARA 218,400 210,800 7,600 3.5%
SANTA CLARA 1,054,100 1,026,700 27,500 2.6%
SANTA CRUZ 145,400 139,200 6,200 4.2%
SHASTA 73,900 70,500 3,400 4.6%
SIERRA 1,340 1,270 70 5.1%
SISKIYOU 17,690 16,660 1,030 5.8%
SOLANO 206,600 198,500 8,100 3.9%
SONOMA 260,600 253,300 7,200 2.8%
STANISLAUS 239,800 224,300 15,500 6.5%
SUTTER 46,200 43,000 3,300 7.1%
TEHAMA 25,550 24,090 1,470 5.7%
TRINITY 4,800 4,570 240 4.9%
TULARE 206,500 187,700 18,800 9.1%
TUOLUMNE 21,490 20,540 950 4.4%
VENTURA 419,100 403,900 15,200 3.6%
YOLO 108,400 104,100 4,300 4.0%
YUBA 29,000 27,300 1,800 6.1%