California Adds Over 50,000 Jobs In Two Months
California's robust labor market expansion isn’t slowing. The state added 80,600 jobs in July – a major jump over the 23,600 jobs added in June and bringing the state’s two month average to just over 51,000 positions. Over the past year, nonfarm jobs in California have expanded by 3.2%, compared to 2.1% growth in the nation overall.
“This is the third straight year of 3%+ growth in California, making the state the third fastest growing economy in the entire nation since 2012, behind only Utah and Nevada,” said Christopher Thornberg, Founding Partner of Beacon Economics. “This may come as a bit of a shock to many business climate advocates who had written the state off.”
California’s unemployment rate also declined last month – falling to 6.2%. Regionally, one of the biggest movers was Los Angeles (MD), where the unemployment rate fell to 7.1%, a 0.3 percentage point decline over the previous month. Some of the drop in the unemployment rate can be attributed to a decline in the state’s labor force, which fell by 3,400 in the most recent numbers. However, Beacon Economics cautions against putting too much stock into any single month due to this data series’ historic volatility.
Tulare County schools continue the upward trend on student performance in a number of important areas according to statistics from the California Department of Education.
And... its not just the data that shows student performance. Southern California Edison selects 30 students from throughout Southern California to help pay for college studies in STEM fields. In addition to a $40,000 scholarship, the program also provides mentoring and internship opportunities for these graduates.
5 of the 30 Edison Scholars for 2015 were from Tulare County High Schools. More students in Tulare County received the prestigious award than in Kern (0),Orange (2), Riverside (2), San Bernardino (3) and Ventura (1) counties.
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