Job Gains Up Across Sectors
California's unemployment rate ticked down in August to 10.6 percent. That's according to state figures out today. The state added 12,000 non-farm jobs in August -- twice the normal seasonal increase.
Employment was up across a wide range of sectors, including business services, healthcare, and even construction and manufacturing. The Bay Area continues to outpace the state in adding jobs.
Lana Hogue is Operations Manager at San Francisco garment maker Betabrand. She says in the last year, the company grew from 8 to 17 employees.
"This department, which is product development and production, is the fastest growing in the company," Hogue said. "We are constantly in product development stage."
California's overall jobless rate remains the third-highest in the nation, behind Nevada and Rhode Island. The state Employment Development Department says government job losses continue to be the biggest drag on the economy.