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Not Much Change In State Unemployment

California´s unemployment rate remained flat in June at 6.7 percent.

That´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 month´s unemployment rate was the same as June 2002.

Data culled from separate surveys of employers and households show the state´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.