April Brought More Jobs, Less Unemployment To California

May 23, 2016

A worker in California's fast-growing solar power industry installs solar panels on a rooftop.
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The California economy had a much better April than March, according to new unemployment data.  The jobless rate ticked down again, and the state created more jobs, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

For the 67th month in a row—that’s more than five and a half years—the state unemployment rate continued its slow dip. Data from the California Employment Development Department shows the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in April, down a tenth of a percent from March. But that’s still above the national mark of 5 percent.

The state also created just shy of 60,000 non-farm jobs. That’s more than 10 times the number it created in a slow March. Overall, the labor force continued its slow expansion and unemployment its slight decline.

At the state Capitol, I’m Ben Bradford.