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California unemployment rate holds at 7.7% for June 2021

Employers added 73,500 nonfarm payroll jobs

IMPORTANT NOTE: The employment data for the month of June 2021 is taken from the survey week including June 12. Data for the month of July is scheduled for release on Aug. 20, 2021.

SACRAMENTO – California’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.7 percent in June as the state’s employers gained 73,500 non-farm payroll jobs1, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. This comes after May’s unemployment rate was revised downward from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent due to a downward-revised (-32,700) month-over loss in unemployed persons for the month.

The California unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in June 2021, the same as May 2021 but down from 14.1 percent in June 2020.
California payroll jobs totaled 16,416,600 in June 2021, up 73,500 from May 2021 and up from 15,611,700 in June 2020.

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

  • The unemployment rate2 of 7.7 percent in June is nearly half of the 14.1 percent hit just one year ago, but is still 3.4 percentage points above the pre-pandemic level seen in February 2020.
  • Prior to the pandemic, a 98,500-job increase in April 2016 was California’s single largest job gain on record since 1990. The state has exceeded this gain in six of the 14 months of the ongoing recovery as of June, including three times in 2021.
  • Of the 2,714,800 jobs lost in March and April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California has now regained 1,470,500 jobs (54.2 percent).
  • Eight of California’s 11 industry sectors gained jobs in June. Leisure & Hospitality (+44,400) continued to have the state’s largest month-over increase for the fifth consecutive month thanks to restaurants hiring and increased tourism. Other Services (+7,200) also performed well with increases in Personal and Laundry Services.
  • Construction (-3,000) suffered the largest month-over job reduction due to losses in Building Foundation and Exterior Contractors.

1. The nonfarm payroll job numbers come from a federal survey of 80,000 California businesses.
2. The unemployment rate comes from a separate federal survey of 5,100 California households.

Data Trends about Jobs in the Economy

Total Nonfarm Payroll Jobs

This 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 16,416,600 in June – a net gain of 73,500 jobs from May 2021. This followed a downward revision of 9,800 jobs for a revised month-over gain of 94,700 jobs in May.
  • Year-over – Total nonfarm jobs increased by 804,900 (a 5.2 percent increase) from June 2020 to June 2021 compared to the U.S. annual gain of 7,919,000 jobs (a 5.7 percent increase).
Major Industries Month-over Change (May 2021–June 2021) Year-over Change (June 2020–June 2021) Total Payroll Jobs as of June 2021
Leisure and Hospitality +44,400 +265,900 1,575,500
Government +7,400 +400 2,412,600
Other Services +7,200 +40,600 478,200
Education and Health Services +6,000 +93,000 2,778,900
Trade, Transportation, Utilities +5,300 +170,900 2,993,000
Manufacturing +4,200 +12,300 1,260,800
Professional and Business Services +3,400 +149,700 2,673,100
Information +500 +37,500 539,100
Mining and Logging -200 -100 18,500
Financial Activities -1,700 +7,400 810,100
Construction -3,000 +27,300 876,800

Total Farm jobs – The number of jobs in the agriculture industry increased by 13,000 from May 2021 to 422,900 jobs in June. The agricultural industry has 17,000 more farm jobs in June 2021 than it did the June prior.

Data Trends about Workers in the Economy

Employment and Unemployment in California

This information is 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 June was 17,441,800, an increase of 24,500 jobs from May’s total of 17,417,300 and up 1,280,800 from the employment total in June of last year.
  • Unemployed – The number of unemployed Californians was 1,456,900 in June, an increase of 11,000 over the month, but down 1,195,200 in comparison to June of last year.
California Labor Force Month-over Change (May 2021–June 2021) Year-over Change (June 2020–June 2021)
* Civilian Labor Force (18,898,700) +35,500 +85,600
Total Civilian Employment (17,441,800) +24,500 +1,280,800
Unemployment (1,456,900) +11,000 -1,195,200

* 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 592,867 people certifying for Unemployment Insurance benefits during the June 2021 sample week. That compares to 569,512 people in May and 2,778,771 people in June 2020. Concurrently, 64,123 initial claims were processed in the June 2021 sample week, which was a month-over decrease of 7,136 claims from May and a year-over decrease of 220,177 claims from June 2020.

California Unemployment Insurance Claims Month-over Change (May 2021–June 2021) Year-over Change (June 2020–June 2021)
UI Recipients (592,867) +23,355 -2,185,904
New UI Claims (64,123) -7,136 -220,177
MONTHLY LABOR FORCE DATA FOR COUNTIES
June 2021 (Preliminary); 2020 Benchmark
NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
COUNTY LABOR FORCE EMPLOYMENT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
STATE TOTAL 19,003,600 17,481,000 1,522,700 8.0%
ALAMEDA 803,500 750,900 52,600 6.5%
ALPINE 470 430 40 8.9%
AMADOR 14,700 13,680 1,020 6.9%
BUTTE 92,600 85,900 6,700 7.3%
CALAVERAS 21,670 20,410 1,260 5.8%
COLUSA 11,070 9,760 1,300 11.8%
CONTRA COSTA 536,000 499,100 36,800 6.9%
DEL NORTE 9,390 8,650 750 7.9%
EL DORADO 90,800 85,300 5,500 6.0%
FRESNO 448,700 406,600 42,100 9.4%
GLENN 13,050 12,140 910 7.0%
HUMBOLDT 59,900 56,100 3,800 6.4%
IMPERIAL 68,100 56,200 11,900 17.5%
INYO 8,270 7,770 500 6.0%
KERN 381,300 340,100 41,200 10.8%
KINGS 55,600 50,000 5,700 10.2%
LAKE 29,670 27,460 2,210 7.4%
LASSEN 9,750 9,200 560 5.7%
LOS ANGELES 5,080,000 4,547,800 532,200 10.5%
MADERA 63,000 57,200 5,700 9.1%
MARIN 131,800 125,600 6,200 4.7%
MARIPOSA 7,730 7,190 550 7.1%
MENDOCINO 36,670 34,320 2,340 6.4%
MERCED 116,600 104,100 12,400 10.7%
MODOC 3,440 3,230 210 6.0%
MONO 7,620 7,060 570 7.4%
MONTEREY 225,900 209,300 16,500 7.3%
NAPA 70,700 66,500 4,300 6.0%
NEVADA 46,560 43,820 2,740 5.9%
ORANGE 1,564,400 1,464,000 100,400 6.4%
PLACER 185,600 175,500 10,100 5.4%
PLUMAS 8,130 7,510 620 7.6%
RIVERSIDE 1,113,500 1,026,000 87,500 7.9%
SACRAMENTO 709,800 657,300 52,500 7.4%
SAN BENITO 31,300 29,000 2,300 7.5%
SAN BERNARDINO 976,400 898,300 78,100 8.0%
SAN DIEGO 1,527,300 1,421,000 106,300 7.0%
SAN FRANCISCO 551,500 521,400 30,000 5.4%
SAN JOAQUIN 332,600 302,400 30,100 9.1%
SAN LUIS OBISPO 130,800 123,200 7,600 5.8%
SAN MATEO 432,700 411,200 21,500 5.0%
SANTA BARBARA 221,800 208,700 13,100 5.9%
SANTA CLARA 1,013,300 961,700 51,600 5.1%
SANTA CRUZ 134,300 125,100 9,200 6.9%
SHASTA 74,900 69,700 5,200 6.9%
SIERRA 1,390 1,320 70 4.9%
SISKIYOU 16,900 15,610 1,290 7.6%
SOLANO 202,400 186,800 15,700 7.7%
SONOMA 246,200 232,100 14,100 5.7%
STANISLAUS 239,200 218,000 21,100 8.8%
SUTTER 46,800 42,600 4,200 9.0%
TEHAMA 25,700 23,770 1,930 7.5%
TRINITY 4,800 4,520 270 5.7%
TULARE 202,000 179,800 22,200 11.0%
TUOLUMNE 19,830 18,340 1,490 7.5%
VENTURA 408,800 382,600 26,300 6.4%
YOLO 106,600 100,100 6,500 6.1%
YUBA 30,200 27,600 2,700 8.8%