We’re working—mostly

New figures this month from California’s Employment Development Department show that unemployment is down just a tad statewide from the same time period last year. The rate of unemployment is adjusted to compensate for temporary employment and unemployment of seasonal workers. Below are the numbers:

January 2006 January 2007

Civilian labor force 17.8 million 18.1 million

Total civilian employment 16.9 million 17.2 million

Unemployment 901,000 877,000

Rate (seasonally adjusted) 5.1% 4.8%

U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) 4.6% 4.7%

Source: California Employment Development Department