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California jobless rate falls with help of temporary jobs

Posted at 12:12 PM, Sep 18, 2020

California's unemployment rate has fallen to 11.4% in August.

The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs in August. Most of those were government jobs, including temporary positions for the U.S. Census.

California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April because of the coronavirus.

The state has regained nearly a third of those jobs, but experts warn other indicators show the state's economy has stalled with no quick recovery in sight.

Restaurants and other hospitality businesses have been the hardest hit. The industry lost another 14,600 jobs in August with coronavirus restrictions still in place across much of the state.

In San Luis Obispo County, the unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in August, down from a revised 10 percent in July. The unemployment rate in August 2019 was 3 percent.

Santa Barbara County's unemployment rate was 8 percent in August, down from a revised 10.3 percent in July. It was 3.4 percent .