California gained a healthy 52,200 jobs in September as unemployment held steady at 5.1 percent, state employment officials reported.
The Golden State’s monthly job report, released Friday, Oct. 20, showed statewide payrolls expanding by 1.7 percent year over year, to 16,830,500 positions.
In Southern California, the Inland Empire, spanning Riverside and San Bernardino counties, showed the fastest year-over-year growth, adding 35,100 positions to reach a total of 1,436,100, a jump of 2.5 percent.
Orange County payrolls were all but flat, adding 5,700 jobs year-over-year for a total of 1,591,500, a gain of 0.4 percent.
Los Angeles County payrolls, covering the metro area of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Glendale, added 50,800 positions year-over-year for a total of 4,448,600, an increase of 1.2 percent.
“California’s economic recovery was largely led by its more populous coastal areas which employ roughly three times more Californians than the inland metro areas do,” noted Mark Vitner, Wells Fargo’s senior economist.
“This past year has seen a bit of a shift, as growth has moderated along much of the coast and picked up momentum in some inland areas.”
Statewide, the most dynamic sectors were educational and health services (up 3 percent), government (up 2.3 percent) and construction (up 5.7 percent).
In September 2016, California’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. The U.S. rate stood at 4.2 percent.