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California's Employment Development Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released California's July 2018 state jobs report on August 17, 2018. Statewide nonfarm employment grew by an estimated 46,700 in July, and the June estimate was revised upward by 20,700. As a result, California now appears to have added jobs faster than the nation (2.0 percent and 1.6 percent growth respectively) over the past 12 months. California's official unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent, the lowest recorded rate since the series was first established in 1976. The figure below summarizes nonfarm employment by sector based on the monthly survey of employers. California’s 15 largest sectors have all added jobs over the past 12 months, and most of them have grown faster than their national counterparts.


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