The number of workers without jobs in California decreased last month from the previous month and the number of nonfarm payroll jobs increased.
New data from the California Employment Development Department, based on two separate surveys, show the state's unemployment rate decreased to 5.8% in October from 5.9 percent in September, while nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 41,200.
The number of nonfarm payroll jobs added in October makes for a total gain of 2,131,800 jobs since the recovery began in February 2010, according to EDD officials.
The number of nonfarm payroll jobs comes from a survey of 58,000 California businesses. The data from the survey shows that the number of nonfarm payroll jobs increased in the state by 465,000, or 2.9%, from October 2014 to October 2015.
In the Bay Area, Alameda County's unemployment was 4.5% in October. In Contra Costa County, it was 4.7% and in Solano County, 5.6%.
San Mateo County had the lowest number of
unemployed workers at 3.2%, followed by Marin County at 3.3% and San Francisco at 3.4%.
Unemployment figures are taken from a federal survey of 5,500 households throughout the state.
The data from that survey reveals that the state's unemployment rate has dropped significantly when compared to October 2014, when the rate was 7.2%, according to the EDD.
Last month, there were about 1,095,000 workers without jobs in California, down by 26,000 from the previous month, and down by 271,000 when compared with October 2014.
The national unemployment rate also decreased in October from the previous month, to 5%, EDD officials said.