California´s jobless rate has dropped slightly since November last year. According to a state employment report released today, the unemployment rate slipped to six percent in December, down from November´s six-point-one percent.
That translates to about 21 thousand more people with jobs.
Officials say the job gains are mostly driven by government, retail and construction.
But California is still slightly ahead of the national unemployment rate — a six-year high at five-point-eight percent.
While more than one million Californians are still out of work, economist believe the recession will end in the second quarter this year.