By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — As of December 2021, the California unemployment rate has dropped a half percent from November of the same year.

This is due largely to the fact that state employers added 50,700 new payroll jobs to the economy, according to data released by the California Employment Development Department.

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The unemployment rate in California is now 6.5 percent.

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“California continues to create an outsized share of the nation’s new jobs, with 25 percent of the entire country’s job creation happening right here – part of the record 1 million new jobs that our state created throughout last year’s economic recovery,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “As we go forward this year, we’ll continue taking action to get more folks back to work and support our businesses hit hardest by the pandemic.”

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For more information, visit the EDD website, here.