California’s job growth in August triples national rate

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California, the most populous state in the United States, in August added jobs at three times the rate of the nation, and business insiders contributed the result to the state’s more strict public health meas-ures amid the nationwide surge in COVID-19 infec-tions.

According to the employment data for August 2021 released Sunday by the California Employ-ment Development Department (EDD), the Golden State’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.5 percent in August as the state’s employers gained 104,300 non-farm payroll jobs.

California’s gain of nonfarm jobs last month accounted for 44 percent of the nation’s 235,000 overall jobs gain during the same period, the latest report of EDD showed, highlighting the state’s monthly job growth tripled the national pace.—AFP

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