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California unemployment rate falls to 4.2 percent in May

Posted at 1:23 PM, Jun 21, 2019

(AP/KSBY) – California’s jobless rate fell to 4.2 percent in May, with particularly low unemployment in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The state Employment Development Department said Friday that California added 19,400 nonfarm payroll jobs during the month.

The department says the new rate is hovering near the state’s record low of 4.1 percent set in July through December 2018.

Construction was the industry sector that saw the most jobs added, with 12,800.

Unemployment dipped below 3 percent in all nine counties making up the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties saw numbers below 2 percent.

The unemployment rate in San Luis Obispo County was reported to be 2.4 percent in May, down from 2.7 percent in April and 2.5 percent one year ago.

Santa Barbara County’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in May, down from 3.5 percent in April and 3.1 percent in May of 2018.

Officials say the state’s 111-month employment expansion is the second-longest on record behind the 113-month long expansion of the 1960s.