California loses more jobs as economic recovery stumbles

13:11, June 18, 2011      

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California, the most populous state in the United States, lost 29,200 jobs in May, indicating a stumbling economic recovery, according to figures released on Friday.

The losses were spread across sectors of the economy -- construction, manufacturing, trade, professional and business services, educational and health services, and leisure and hospitality, the federal Bureau of Statistics said.

Despite the job losses, the state's unemployment rate still dropped to 11.7 percent, from 11.8 percent the month before, the bureau said.

California has the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation, after Nevada which had an unemployment rate of 12.1 percent in May.

California had added an adjusted 14,900 jobs in April, after cutting a net 11,600 in March. It experienced five straight months of job growth from October through February.

In Los Angeles County, the unemployment rate slip to 11.9 percent in May from 12 percent the previous month.

Nationwide, 54,000 jobs were added in May, compared to an average of 220,000 per month in the previous three months. The country's unemployment rate grew to 9.1 percent last month.

Source: Xinhua
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