California Unemployment Rate Edges Up to 4.2% After 3 Months at Record Low

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In this file photo, Job seekers arrive at an outdoor job fair at the Crenshaw Christian Center in South L.A. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

In this file photo, Job seekers arrive at an outdoor job fair at the Crenshaw Christian Center in South L.A. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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California’s unemployment rate edged up to 4.2 percent in December after three months at the record low of 4.1 percent.

The state Employment Development Department said Friday the number of unemployed Californians was 813,900 in December – an increase of 7,300 over the month but down by 52,500 compared with December 2017, when the rate was 4.5 percent.

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