SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento region’s unemployment picture improved in August, dropping from 12.5 percent to 11.9 percent after adding 6,200 jobs, according to a report by the state Employment Development Department released Friday.
The four-county region includes El Dorado (11.3 percent), Placer (10.8), Sacramento (12.4) and Yolo (11.2).
The biggest gains were in the government and construction sectors. Government increased by 3,400 jobs from July and construction added 2,300 jobs.
However, California’s jobless rate grew for the second straight month in August to 12.1 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month.
The EDD reported that nonfarm payroll jobs fell by 8,400. The construction industry had the biggest decrease, down 7,200 jobs.
Six categories lost 17,500 jobs: construction; information; financial activities; educational and health services; other services; and government.
Five categories added 9,100 jobs last month. They were mining and logging; manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; professional and business services; and leisure and hospitality.
The unemployment rate had been declining since March until it spiked back to 12 percent in July.
Imperial County again had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 32.4 percent and Marin the lowest at 7.8 percent.
California’s rate is the second highest in the nation, behind Nevada. The national unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)