CA job report
July 20, 2018

Losses of Lower-Paying Jobs Drag Down California’s Employment Growth in June-

Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp offers her take on the latest job-market numbers for California, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles.

  • The Golden State created 800 jobs (seasonally adjusted) in June, which is the lowest number since the recovery began in 2010 and follows an upward revision to 7,200 jobs added in May, according to the latest numbers from the state Employment Development Department. Nevertheless, notable losses in seven California industries dragged down the overall number of jobs added. Interestingly, industries with job losses generally employ lower-paid employees. The four industries that gained jobs added 16,200 positions, with half of them in education and health services, followed by information, government, and professional and business services. Among the seven industries that reported 15,400 job losses, the largest decreases were in leisure and hospitality; construction; trade, transportation, and utilities; and financial activities. Note that these industries have had some of the strongest job growth so far in 2018. In sum, while the overall number of jobs added appears low, the employment picture is very solid and suggests continued strong wage growth for California workers.
  • Over the year, California created 269,100 jobs, with nine industries adding a total of 272,800 positions and two industries losing a total of 3,400 jobs. The largest job gains were in educational and health services, up by 75,800 jobs; professional and business services, up by 42,200 jobs; and leisure and hospitality, up by 41,700 jobs. Other sectors that added jobs over the year were construction; trade, transportation, and utilities; government; information; manufacturing; and financial activities. Other services and mining and logging posted job declines.
  • California’s unemployment rate remained at a record-low 4.2 percent in June. Many metropolitan areas showed increases in unemployment rates.

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