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California adding jobs, but unemployment claims remain high

The Employment Development Department said Friday California employers added 114,400 new jobs in July.
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FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, unionized hospitality workers wait in line in a basement garage to apply for unemployment benefits at the Hospitality Training Academy in Los Angeles. California lawmakers on Thursday, April 8, 2021, advanced what they called commonsense legislation requiring two state agencies to share information aimed at helping stop billions of dollars in pandemic-related unemployment fraud. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is averaging more than 111,000 new jobs per month even as unemployment claims remain stubbornly high. The Employment Development Department said Friday California employers added 114,400 new jobs in July. But the number of people applying for unemployment benefits is also increasing. 

Nine of California's 11 industry sector added jobs in July. Hotels and restaurants added the most new jobs, followed by education and health services. Manufacturing had the biggest job loss. 

California's unemployment rate remains at 7.6%. It's the state's lowest unemployment rate since the pandemic began. But it is the second highest unemployment rate in the nation, tied with New Mexico and New York.

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