California's Employment Development Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released California's September 2019 state jobs report Friday. Statewide nonfarm employment grew by an estimated 21,300 in September. The official unemployment rate dropped from 4.1 percent to 4.0 percent, the modern series low. In each of the last eight months, the state has added at least 16,000 jobs.
The figure below summarizes nonfarm employment by sector based on the monthly survey of employers. More than half of the estimated net growth in September came administrative and support services, with temporary help agencies showing an especially large gain. Overall employment in the state has grown 1.9 percent over the previous 12 months, somewhat ahead of the national pace of 1.4 percent.