Contact: Loree Levy/Aubrey Henry
July 19, 2019
NR No. 19-127
California unemployment rate remains at 4.2 percent in June
Employers add 46,200 nonfarm payroll jobs
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.
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.
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.
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.
|COUNTY||LABOR FORCE||EMPLOYMENT||UNEMPLOYMENT||RATE||STATE TOTAL||19,293,700||18,493,300||800,500||4.1%|
|SAN LUIS OBISPO||141,900||137,700||4,200||3.0%|