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Declining Unemployment Rate In Mother Lode

Sonora, CA — California’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.1-percent last month.

Sectors that posted the largest gains include government adding 27,000 jobs, followed by transportation and utilities with 13,000 new jobs. On the other hand, professional and business services posted the largest decline by losing 3,500 jobs, followed by manufacturing which lost 1,300 jobs. In September of 2016 the statewide rate was 5.3-percent.

Tuolumne County’s rate dropped from 5.7-percent in August to 4.9-percent in September.  Calaveras County’s rate fell from 5.2-percent in August to 4.5-percent in September.

California remains higher than the national unemployment rate which fell last month by 0.2 percentage points to 4.2-percent.