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LA job gains help lower unemployment to 6.5 percent

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The unemployment rate in Los Angeles County dipped to 6.5 percent in September from a revised 6.9 percent in August, according to the latest job numbers for California.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, reported by the California Employment Development Department on Friday, was below the rate of 8.1 percent a year ago. 

The largest employment increase came from the government, which added 17,100 jobs, followed by educational and health services with a 14,600 job increase.

Statewide, the unemployment rate fell from 6.1 percent in August to 5.9 percent in September, the lowest it's been in nearly eight years.

That improvement came as a result of payroll gains, according to the Associated Press.

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The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.1 percent.

The last time California's unemployment rate was 5.9 percent was back in November 2007.

While the state's job market continues to expanded, it grew at a slower pace. The agency said California added 8,200 jobs in September, following a gain of 42,000 jobs in August.

The state's survey found a total of 16,500 jobs were gained by construction, trade, transportation and utilities, information, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, government, and other services.

But four categories — mining and logging, manufacturing, financial activities and educational and health services — reported a loss of 8,300 jobs.

The overall number of people unemployed was down by 43,000 since August and stands at 1.1 million. That figure doesn't include Californians who have stopped looking for work, or people working part-time who would rather be working full-time.