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July California jobs report: Golden State leads the nation

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The July regional and state jobs report is out from the Labor Department, and while California continues to be in the top three for unemployment rate and saw its unemployment rate unchanged from June at 10.7 percent, the Golden State added more jobs than anyone else in July: 25,200.

This was a slightly less-good performance than June, but it continues a trend of California adding jobs at a faster clip than the nation as a whole, even as the West region languishes with an overall unemployment rate of 9.4 percent, more than a full point higher than the U.S. as a whole, which is currently at 8.3 percent.

The Pacific "geographical region," as the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines it, is doing even worse, with an unemployment rate at 10 percent. 

Michigan and Virginia each nearly matched California; both states added more than 20,000 jobs in June.

The slow, agonizing slog out of the jobs crisis in California continues. At this rate, we're unlikely to equal even the national unemployment rate for another year. The state's economy is moving in the right direction, however, and once it gets moving — really moving — it could pick up speed. Already, the jobless rate has fallen from 11.9 percent a year ago to 10.7 percent today.

That June number may look small, but you have to look at in context. The entire country added 163,000 jobs in July, and California accounted for 15 percent of them.

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