California employers added 30,200 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 8.5%, down from 8.6% in May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday.
Hiring kept up its pace last month, with the trade, transportation and utilities sector leading the way. That sector, which includes wholesale retailers, grew by 13,200 jobs last month.
Other industries that added jobs include the education and health services industry, which as a whole grew by 10,200 jobs in June. The leisure and hospitality sector, one of the fastest-growing sectors in the Golden State, added 9,700 jobs last month.
The biggest loss of jobs last month was in the professional and business services sector, which shed 3,300 jobs. The construction and financial activities sector also showed small declines, 1,700 and 2,500 respectively.
California has outpaced the U.S. in job growth in the last year. Since June 2012, the state's payrolls have grown 1.8%, adding 253,900 jobs during that time.
Last month, California dropped out of the running for the highest joblessness rate in the country. Eight other states now have higher rates.
Nevada had the highest, 9.6%. The next highest rates were in Illinois and Mississippi, with 9.2% and 9%, respectively.
Thursday's report was released prematurely. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said it "inadvertently loaded tables" containing state unemployment data to its website. In a statement, the government agency said it would release the data in an effort to "ensure equal access to the information."
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