California Adds 60,400 Jobs in December, One of Biggest Leaps in Years

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Job seekers line up to enter a job fair at the Alameda County Office of Education on April 24, 2013, in Hayward. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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California employers added 60,400 net jobs in December, according to state data, one of the largest one-month gains in the last three years.

The state unemployment rate, based on a separate survey of households, increased slightly to 5.8% in December from 5.7% in November. The nationwide unemployment rate is at 5%.

December’s strong job growth in California lines up with robust jobs numbers announced earlier this month for the U.S. overall. Over the last year, California has added jobs at a rate of 2.9%, faster than the 1.9% growth rate nationwide.

One major question is whether that pace of job growth will continue, as global markets have gotten off to a tumultuous start in 2016 amid fears of a slowdown in China and other parts of the world.

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