California's unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in March.
The state Employment Development Department said Friday the rate was down from 5 percent in February and 5.6 percent in March 2016.
The department says the state's employers added 19,300 nonfarm payroll jobs last month.
Economic conditions might be another factor. Even though the recovery has been stronger in California than in the rest of the country, Borenstein said business activities – and the resulting carbon emissions – are lower than regulators assumed when they started pulling together regulations a decade ago.
Broome chastised the state for not doing enough to keep jobs in California and said the economic council was committed to a “new beginning to make jobs a priority.” He said the state “lacks compassion” when it comes to widespread job losses. Council officials cited Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, Washington and Alabama as having more sophisticated statewide economic development programs.
California – the world’s sixth largest economy – has a lot of skin in the game. The state accounts for 11 percent of total U.S. exports; its total increased by $1.3 billion in February over the previous February, the fifth monthly increase in a row. California also accounts for one third of the U.S. trade deficit, though the number declined to $16.2 billion from $19.3 billion a year earlier.
Of the top 10 surplus countries, six are also among the state’s top 10 export markets, accounting for $4.4 billion in goods and services in February, according to the California Center for Jobs & the Economy.
A Pennsylvania call center operator plans to lay off 135 nonunion workers at its office in North Highlands. In mid-2012, ACT announced the opening of the North Highlands calls center, with an initial 500 employees and announced expectations of filling as many as 2,000 jobs.