California’s January Employment Numbers

California’s unemployment rate remained steady at 3.9% in January, accord to figures from the Employment Development Department. That number is a record low.

The state added 21,400 non-farm payroll jobs during the first month of 2020 and has gained 3,389,000 jobs since Feb. 2010—15% of the jobs gained nationwide. The sectors experiencing the largest growth were Educational and Health Services, Individual and Family Services, Leisure and Hospitality, and the Art, Entertainment, and Recreation sector.

A look at the unemployment numbers highlights the gulf between California’s highest and lowest performing counties.

The Bay Area had the best showing. San Mateo County’s unemployment rate was 2.10%, San Francisco’s 2.30%, and Marin’s 2.40%. The counties with the highest unemployment rates were Colusa at 19.20%, Imperial at 18.80%, and Tulare at 11%.

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