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California’s unemployment rate rose to 4.1 percent for Nov. 2022

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NR No. 22-40
Contact: Loree Levy/Aubrey Henry
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IMPORTANT NOTE: The employment data for the month of November 2022 is taken from the survey week including Nov. 12th. Data for the month of December is scheduled for release on Jan. 20, 2023.

Employers added 26,800 nonfarm payroll jobs

SACRAMENTO – California’s unemployment rate increased in the month of November 2022 to 4.1 percent1 despite the state’s employers adding 26,800 nonfarm payroll jobs2 to the economy, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys.

California Unemployment Rate Increase from October to November 4.1%           California Payroll Jobs Increase from October to November 17,752,600

California’s Labor Market, by the Numbers...

  • Year over, California job growth (4.0 percent) has outpaced the US as a whole (3.3 percent) by 0.7 percentage points.
  • November 2022 marked the 14th consecutive month of nonfarm job gains, which now totals 798,000 jobs over that time period for a monthly average gain of 57,000 jobs.
  • 10 of California’s 11 industry sectors gained jobs in November with Leisure & Hospitality (+13,900) showing the largest month-over gains thanks to strength in Amusement Parks and Arcade, Other Amusement and Recreational Activities, and Limited-Service Eating Places.
  • Educational & Health Services (+13,400) also enjoyed a strong month-over gain thanks, in part, to above-average hiring in Elementary and Secondary Schools, as well as Business, Technical, and Trade Schools and Educational Support Services.
  • Gains in Information (+6,300) came almost entirely from growth in the Motion Picture and Video Production industry subsector.

1. The unemployment rate comes from a separate federal survey of 5,100 California households.

2. The nonfarm payroll job numbers come from a federal survey of 80,000 California businesses.

Data Trends about Jobs in the Economy

Total Nonfarm Payroll Jobs

Total Nonfarm Payroll Jobs (Comes from a monthly survey of approximately 80,000 California businesses that estimates jobs in the economy – seasonally adjusted)

  • Month-over – Total nonfarm jobs in California’s 11 major industries totaled 17,752,600 in November – a net gain of 26,800 jobs from October. This followed an upwards revised (+3,100) month-over gain of 59,800 jobs in October.
  • Year-over – Total nonfarm jobs increased by 675,000 (a 4.0 percent increase) from November 2021 to November 2022 compared to the U.S. annual gain 4,869,000 jobs (a 3.3 percent increase).

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Major Industries Month-over Change (October 2022–November 2022) Year-over Change (November 2021–November 2022) Total Payroll Jobs as of November 2022

Education and Health Services

+13,400 +143,100 2,988,900

Professional and Business Services

+4,700 +114,900 2,871,600

Leisure and Hospitality

+13,900 +151,600 1,951,100

Manufacturing

+1,100 +39,100 1,317,900

Trade, Transp., Utilities

-20,400 +76,000 3,138,700

Information

+6,300 +31,200 614,500

Financial Activities 

+2,500 +15,900 838,600

Other Services

+2,800 +31,700 555,800
Mining and Logging +100 +400 19,400

Construction

+200 +37,200 919,200

Government

+2,200 +33,900 2,536,900

 

Total Farm jobs – The number of jobs in the agriculture industry increased from October by 400 to a total of 411,100 jobs in November. The agricultural industry had 3,900 more farm jobs in November 2022 than it did in November a year ago.

Data Trends about Workers in the Economy

Employment and Unemployment in California (Based on a monthly federal survey of 5,100 California households which focuses on workers in the economy)

  • Employed – The number of Californians employed in November was 18,460,400, a decrease of 42,700 persons from October’s total of 18,503,400, but up 600,100 from the employment total in November 2021.
  • Unemployed – The number of unemployed Californians was 794,100 in November, an increase of 21,800 over the month, but down 309,600 in comparison to November 2021.
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California Labor Force Month-over Change (October 2022–November 2022) Year-over Change (November 2021–November 2022)
* Civilian Labor Force (19,279,500) -21,100 +290,400
Total Civilian Employment (18,502,900) -42,700 +600,100
Unemployment (776,600) +21,800 -309,600

* Labor force by place of residence, including workers involved in trade disputes.

Unemployment Insurance Claims (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The following data is from a sample week that includes the 19th of each month:In related data that figures into the state’s unemployment rate, there were 306,550 people certifying for Unemployment Insurance benefits during the November 2022 sample week. That compares to 289,716 people in October and 434,676 people in November 2021. Concurrently, 47,821 initial claims were processed in the November 2022 sample week, which was a month-over increase of 9,635 claims from October, but a year-over decrease of 4,895 claims from November 2021.

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California Unemployment Insurance Claims Month-over Change (October 2022–November 2022) Year-over Change (November 2021–November 2022)
UI Recipients (306,550) +16,834 -128,126
New UI Claims (47,821) +9,635 -4,895
MONTHLY LABOR FORCE DATA FOR COUNTIES
November 2022 (Preliminary); 2021 Benchmark
NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
COUNTY LABOR FORCE EMPLOYMENT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
STATE TOTAL 19,218,400 18,444,600 773,800 4.0%
ALAMEDA 827,200 801,200 26,000 3.1%
ALPINE 490 460 30 5.3%
AMADOR 14,280 13,640 640 4.5%
BUTTE 92,900 88,900 4,000 4.3%
CALAVERAS 21,830 21,070 750 3.4%
COLUSA 11040 9,910 1,130 10.2%
CONTRA COSTA 552,700 533,900 18,700 3.4%
DEL NORTE 9,300 8,830 470 5.1%
EL DORADO 92,500 89,500 2,900 3.2%
FRESNO 447,700 418,100 29,600 6.6%
GLENN 12,630 11,980 650 5.2%
HUMBOLDT 60,900 58,600 2,200 3.7%
IMPERIAL 70,800 59,000 11,800 16.7%
INYO 8,260 7,980 280 3.3%
KERN 391,500 365,100 26,400 6.8%
KINGS 56,400 52,500 3,900 6.9%
LAKE 28,330 28,850 1,480 5.2%
LASSEN 9,390 9,020 370 3.9%
LOS ANGELES 4,949,900 4,728,400 221,400 4.5%
MADERA 61,400 57,500 3,900 6.3%
MARIN 128,400 125,300 3,200 2.5%
MARIPOSA 6,850 6,540 310 4.6%
MENDOCINO 37,550 36,080 1,470 3.9%
MERCED 116,300 107,900 8,400 7.2%
MODOC 3,210 3,060 150 4.6%
MONO 8,390 8,080 320 3.8%
MONTEREY 209,400 197,900 11,500 5.5%
NAPA 67,700 65,500 2,100 3.2%
NEVADA 47,840 46,330 1,510 3.2%
ORANGE 1,597,500 1,550,300 47,200 3.0%
PLACER 192,000 186,500 5,400 2.8%
PLUMAS 7,290 6,840 450 6.2%
RIVERSIDE 1,170,300 1,120,800 49,500 4.2%
SACRAMENTO 722,400 693,800 28,600 4.0%
SAN BENITO 33,100 31,500 1,600 4.7%
SAN BERNARDINO 1,023,600 981,200 42,400 4.1%
SAN DIEGO 1,583,000 1,530,100 52,900 3.3%
SAN FRANCISCO 573,900 560,700 13,200 2.3%
SAN JOAQUIN 335,800 317,200 18,600 5.5%
SAN LUIS OBISPO 136,100 132,300 3,800 2.8%
SAN MATEO 454,300 444,500 9,800 2.2%
SANTA BARBARA 225,000 217,900 7,100 3.2%
SANTA CLARA 1,055,200 1,030,400 24,900 2.4%
SANTA CRUZ 134,500 128,600 5,900 4.4%
SHASTA 74,000 70,700 3,200 4.3%
SIERRA 1,340 1,290 40 3.2%
SISKIYOU 16,260 15,390 870 5.3%
SOLANO 200,100 191,600 8,500 4.3%
SONOMA 247,600 240,500 7,100 2.9%
STANISLAUS 238,900 225,700 13,200 5.5%
SUTTER 44,800 41,800 3,000 6.7%
TEHAMA 25,700 24,510 1,200 4.7%
TRINITY 4,390 4,180 210 4.7%
TULARE 205,200 187,700 17,400 8.5%
TUOLUMNE 19,790 18,940 850 4.3%
VENTURA 412,600 397,500 15,100 3.7%
YOLO 107,900 103,800 4,100 3.8%
YUBA 30,700 29,000 1,800 5.7%