State's jobless rate remained steady at 12.6% in April, report says

Nationally, unemployment ticked up 0.2% to 9.7% for month

California's jobless rate remained steady last month at 12.6 percent, according to figures released today by the state Employment Development Department.

Non-farm payroll jobs increased statewide by 14,200 in April, mirroring job gains in the previous three months of the year, the department reported. The unemployment rate is still higher than at the same time last year, when it was 11 percent.

Government jobs marked the largest increase over the month, and manufacturing jobs the largest decline, according to the department.

Nationally, unemployment ticked up 0.2 percent in April to 9.7 percent.

In the nine-county Bay Area, Marin County had the lowest unemployment in April, at 8.3 percent; Solano County was highest at 12.2 percent. San Francisco's jobless rate was 9.6 percent.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement this morning he was "encouraged" at the four-month growth in jobs, but emphasized, "we have a long way to go for employment to recover from this great recession."

Schwarzenegger said California needs "vigorous hiring in the private sector" and not new tax increases.

"Government needs to encourage private sector hiring, which will increase revenues and economic output, not discourage that by increasing burdens on employers, which would stall our economic recovery," Schwarzenegger said.

As an example, Schwarzenegger noted Thursday's announcement that Tesla Motors would begin production of electric cars at the former NUMMI plant in Fremont, potentially creating 1,000 jobs.

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