August 21, 2017

California Creates the Most U.S. Jobs in July

Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her perspective on the latest employment numbers.

  • July was an incredible month for job creation in California, and especially in the Bay Area. Following a volatile summer, the state saw a monstrous increase of 82,600 jobs in July, with 20,800 additions in the Bay Area. This was the largest monthly increase since April 2016. Year to date, the state has added 146,200 jobs this year compared with 225,800 during the same period last year.
  • Government, which is usually a cause of summer volatility in employment numbers, led the increase, with 18,800 jobs added, followed by educational and health services, up 18,600 jobs; and leisure and hospitality, up 15,200 jobs. Other sectors that added jobs in July were professional and business services; construction; information; other services; trade, transportation, and utilities; and financial activities. The manufacturing and mining and logging industries recorded losses.
  • The state’s job-creation trends have been consistent over the last year. Since July 2016, California has added 291,800 positions, with the largest gains in the construction (up 6.6 percent), educational and health services (up 2.9 percent), and leisure and hospitality (up 2.8 percent) sectors. Jobs in professional and business services and information have increased, but at a slower rate: 1.0 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.


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