California's Employment Development Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released California's June 2019 state jobs report Friday. Statewide nonfarm employment grew by an estimated 46,200 in June, well above the average pace of the past 12 months. The official unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent, just above the modern series low of 4.1 percent.
The figure below summarizes nonfarm employment by sector based on the monthly survey of employers. Construction has long been one of the most volatile and cyclical sectors, and it has been the fastest growing sector over the past year. The well-paying professional/technical services and information sectors and the large health and leisure-hospitality sectors have also enjoyed high growth during that period. Overall employment in the state has grown 1.7 percent over the previous 12 months, slightly ahead of the national pace of 1.5 percent.