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LMI e-Newsletter - June 16, 2017 Edition


Labor Force and Industry Employment Data for May 2017

California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in May, down 0.1 percentage point from April and down 0.8 percentage point from one year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in May, down 0.1 from April, and down 0.4 percentage point from one year ago.

In California there were 16,697,500 jobs in total nonfarm industries in May, a gain of 17,600 jobs from last month. This follows a revised 17,600-job loss in April and a 22,800-job gain in March.

Within nonfarm industries, eight sectors saw month-over job gains and seven sectors saw job declines.

The sectors with increased employment in May were:

  • Government (12,300)
  • Information (9,600)
  • Trade, Transportation & Utilities (3,100)
  • Other Services (1,800)
  • Financial Activities (1,700)
  • Educational & Health Services (500)
  • Construction (300)
  • Manufacturing (100)

Sector that lost jobs in May were:

  • Leisure & Hospitality (9,700)
  • Professional & Business Services (1,700)
  • Mining & lodging (400)

The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in May was 2.4 percent in San Mateo County. Seventeen other counties had rates below 4.0 percent in May: Marin (2.6); San Francisco (2.7 percent); Santa Clara (2.9 percent); San Luis Obispo (3.0 percent); Sonoma (3.0 percent); Napa (3.1 percent); Orange (3.2 percent); Alameda (3.3 percent); Contra Costa (3.5 percent); Placer (3.5 percent); Humboldt (3.6 percent); San Diego (3.6 percent); Santa Barbara (3.6 percent); Inyo (3.8 percent); Mendocino (3.8 percent); Nevada (3.8 percent); and Ventura (3.8 percent). The highest unemployment rate in May was 20.5 percent in Imperial County. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 4.2 percent in May.

2015 Industry Employment Data Now Available for Counties in Multi-County MSA’s

Revised employment data by industry for 2015 and new data for 2016 are available now for those counties that are part of multi-county MSAs. These monthly and annual average employment data reflect the March 2016 benchmark. The updated files can be accessed on the Labor Market Information by County web page.

The counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba.

Help Wanted OnLine™ (HWOL) Data Series for May 2017

Nationwide, online job advertisements increased 4.1 percent in May 2017 compared to April 2017 levels. California had an increase of 2.7 percent in job advertisements from April 2017 to May 2017. The supply and demand rate was two to one in both the United States and California.

Please note the supply and demand rate is defined as the number of unemployed individuals for every job advertisement. A lower supply and demand rate indicates that there are a fewer number of unemployed workers for every online advertisement.

For more regional and statewide data, view this month's HWOL and The Economy – Labor Force and Industry sections of the Labor Market Information Division website.

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