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Unemployment rate remains at 11.6 pct

July 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
California's unemployment rate remained steady at 11.6 percent from May to June, the highest in modern record-keeping.The U.S. Department of Labor says about 66,500 Californians lost jobs in June. It was the largest drop in the country after Texas, Ohio and Michigan.

The federal government last month reported an 11.5 percent jobless rate in California but revised its number to 11.6 percent.

California's unemployment rate is up from just 7.1 percent a year ago.

Declines in construction, mining, manufacturing, finance, trade, transportation, professional services, leisure, health, education and government are blamed for the job losses.

The national unemployment rate is 9.5 percent.

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