CaliforniaÂ´s unemployment rate remained flat in June at 6.7 percent.
ThatÂ´s unchanged from a revised rate in May. But state officials report other job and unemployment data hints at a positive trend in the number of people employed. Last monthÂ´s unemployment rate was the same as June 2002.
Data culled from separate surveys of employers and households show the stateÂ´s payroll employment rose by 5,100 jobs. The state Economic Development Department says the number of people who had jobs last month increased by 58,000, for a total of nearly 16.5 million.
The number of people without a job in June declined by 6,000 from May, but was up 14,000 when compared to June 2002. Over the 12 months ending in June, California had a net loss of 51,300 jobs, or about less than half a percent.