California's unemployment rate falls for June, Central Coast sees mixed numbers
The state Employment Development Department said Friday that California gained more than 24 thousand jobs in June, with education and health services seeing the largest increase. The state's construction industry saw the weakest growth.
Olga Hernandez is a research analyst for the department and says the unemployment rate is measured by the number of people who are not actively part of the labor force and who receive unemployment insurance.
"The 'labor force' is people who are working and people who are actively looking for work," said Hernandez. "That includes individuals who are definitely self-employed, who have unpaid family workers, and also workers who are on strike."
These results do not consider the unemployed who are not seeking jobs or the underemployed.
California's jobless rate remains above the national average of 6.1 percent.
San Luis Obispo County's rate for June increased to 5.3 percent and Santa Barbara's rose to 5.4 percent. Both counties had adjusted rates of 5.0 percent for May.