For a second consecutive month, California's unemployment rate dropped a sizable four-tenths of a point.
Today's report from the state Employment Development Department said the state's jobless rate decreased to 8.6 percent in May. That's down from 9.4 percent in March and 10.7 percent in May last year.
It's also the lowest statewide jobless level since November 2008.
EDD said nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 10,800 last month. The ranks of California job holders has swelled an estimated 529,000 since May last year.
Nonfarm jobs in California totaled 14.61 million in May, representing a year-over-year increase of 252,100 jobs, or nearly 2 percent.
EDD said the number of people unemployed in California last month totaled 1,608,000, down 65,000 from April and down by 364,000 compared with May last year.
The unemployment rate was 8 percent in Sacramento County, 8 percent in El Dorado County, 7 percent in Placer County and 12.2 percent in Yolo County.
Statistics are based on a federal survey of California households and employers.
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