California Adds 63,000 Jobs in August, 42% of U.S. Total

A New York Labor Department office is viewed in Manhattan on March 6, 2015 in New York City.  (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A New York Labor Department office is viewed in Manhattan on March 6, 2015 in New York City. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

California employers quieted any lingering doubts about the state’s economy in August, as an uptick in hiring helped absorb hordes of new job-seekers.

The state added a net 63,100 jobs last month and the unemployment rate remained at 5.5%, according to data released by the Employment Development Department on Friday.

Across the nation in August, employers added a net total of 151,000 new positions, meaning that California accounted for 42% of all U.S. job growth last month.

“These are astounding numbers,” said Michael Bernick, an attorney at Sedgwick, a San Francisco firm, who directed the EDD from 1999 to 2004. “Each time we think growth has to slow down, it just continues.”

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