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LMI e-Newsletter - May 19, 2017 Edition


Labor Force and Industry Employment Data for April 2017

California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in April, down 0.1 percentage point from March and down 0.7 percentage point from one year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in April, down 0.1 from March, and down 0.6 percentage point from one year ago.

In California there were 16,681,200 jobs in total nonfarm industries in April, a loss of 16,300 jobs from last month. This follows a revised 22,800-job gain in March and a 21,500-job gain in February.

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

The sectors with increased employment in April were:

  • Leisure & Hospitality (7,400)
  • Construction (7,200)
  • Educational & Health Services (6,800)
  • Mining & lodging (200)

Sector that lost jobs in April were:

  • Professional & Business Services (17,500)
  • Trade, Transportation & Utilities (5,900)
  • Government (4,600)
  • Information (4,200)
  • Manufacturing (3,600)
  • Financial Activities (1,300)
  • Other Services (800)

The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in April was 2.5 percent in San Mateo County. Thirteen other counties had rates below 4.0 percent in April: Marin (2.7); San Francisco (2.7 percent); Santa Clara (3.1 percent); Sonoma (3.2 percent); Orange (3.3 percent); San Luis Obispo (3.3 percent); Napa (3.4 percent); Alameda (3.5 percent); Contra Costa (3.6 percent); Mono (3.7 percent); Placer (3.7 percent); San Diego (3.8 percent); and Humboldt (3.9 percent). The highest unemployment rate in April was 19.2 percent in Imperial County. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 4.5 percent in April.

The next monthly data release will be June 16, 2017.

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

Nationwide, online job advertisements decreased 2.2 percent in April 2017 compared to March 2017 levels. California had an increase of 3.2 percent in job advertisements from March 2017 to April 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 publication in the Economy section of the Labor Market Information Division website.

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