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California Unemployment Rate Inches Down

Aired 7/20/12 on KPBS News.

California’s unemployment rate decreased slightly for the month of June. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the state still remains above the national average.

The state’s unemployment rate stands at ten-point-seven percent for June, down from ten-point-eight percent in May.

The state Employment Development Department said California employers added 38,300 jobs during the month. That follows the revised numbers for May that showed almost 46,000 jobs were created.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector had the largest job increases over the month, adding 9,400 jobs. The manufacturing sector saw the most job losses, down more than 4,000.

The state remains well above the national unemployment rate, which was unchanged in June at eight-point-two percent.

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HarryStreet | July 21, 2012 at 9:34 a.m. ― 4 years, 8 months ago

These statistics mean nothing! Most of these jobs do not offer decent pay allowing any of us to earn a living. Isn't that what we want? To earn a living? Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Home Depot, Grocery Stores, Lowe's, Clothing Stores, all retail providing the most jobs in any industry - they pay maybe $10 per hour and demand superior service.

When is our government going to enact laws demanding living wages so we're not living check to check? They made law for a minimum wage for a reason and now it's time to do same for LIVING WAGES. I see people in their 50's looking for work, who are dismayed when they find the most they can earn is $9 to $10 per hour.

Is this the future of our country?

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