California is one of six states and Puerto Rico to have unemployment above 12 percent.
Meanwhile, three plains states lead the nation: North Dakota’s unemployment is 4.1 percent; Nebraska and South Dakota both at 4.8 percent.
The national unemployment rate held steady at 9.7 percent for March, according to figures released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
The BLS reported that nonfarm payroll increased by 162,000 partly due to rises in temporary service jobs and health care. The federal government also added employment due to hiring for more census workers.
California’s unemployment rate is 12.5 percent according to the latest figures from the BLS. In January of 2008, the state’s unemployment rate stood at 5.8 percent.
In Los Angeles County, about 600,000 people are unemployed.
- Construction industry unemployment is 24.6 percent
- Transportation industry unemployment 15.6 percent
- Service occupations unemployment is 10.3 percent
- Management and related professional unemployment is 4.7 percent