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Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Increase By 15,200

California’s unemployment rate decreased to 5.2 percent in May, and nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 15,200 during the month for a total gain of 2,220,600 jobs since the recovery began in February 2010, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in May

The state’s unemployment rate declined from 5.3 percent in April and 6.4 percent in May 2015. The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,500 California households.

Nonfarm jobs in California totaled 16,407,100 in May, an increase of 15,200 jobs over the month, according to a survey of businesses that is larger and less variable statistically. The survey of 58,000 California businesses measures jobs in the economy. The state added 440,300 jobs, a 2.8 percent increase, from May 2015 to May 2016.

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