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California's Employment Development Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released California's October 2017 state jobs report on November 17, 2017. California's official unemployment rate fell from 5.1% in September to 4.9% in October. The table below summarizes nonfarm employment by sector based on the monthly survey of employers. California's professional and technical services sectorfocused on the state's high-paying technology firmsgrew by a seasonally-adjusted 3,600 jobs after several months of being stagnant. (We discussed job growth trends in the technology sector in our recent Fiscal Outlook.)

Figure: nonfarm employment as of October 2017

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