The unemployment rate in San Benito County was 7.8 percent in June, down from 9.1 percent in May, while California’s rate decreased to 7.4 percent. By comparison, the local unemployment rate in July 2013 was 9.6 percent. 

Non-farm payroll jobs in the state increased by 24,200 during the month for a total gain of more than 1.3 million jobs since the recovery began in February 2010, according to data released this week by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys. 

The U.S. unemployment rate also decreased in June to 6.1 percent. In May, the state’s unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, and in June 2013, the unemployment rate was 9 percent. The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,500 California households. 

Nonfarm jobs in California totaled 15,472,800 in June, an increase of 24,200 jobs over the month, according to a survey of businesses that is larger and less variable statistically. The survey of 58,000 California businesses measures jobs in the economy. The year-over-year change, June 2013 to June 2014, shows an increase of 356,400 jobs (up 2.4 percent).

The federal survey of households, done with a smaller sample than the survey of employers, shows an increase in the number of employed people. It estimates the number of Californians holding jobs in June was 17,241,000, an increase of 6,000 from May 2014, and up 313,000 from the employment total in June of last year. The number of people unemployed in California was 1,378,000 – down by 46,000 over 
the month, and down by 303,000 compared with June of last year. 

For the full EDD unemployment report, click here.