State’s unemployment rate dips to 5.1 percent

California’s job growth continued its sluggish pace in January, although the Golden State’s unemployment rate did fall a tenth of a percentage point to 5.1 percent.

The state Employment Development Department’s monthly report, released Friday, said California added 9,700 jobs in January.

That was actually an improvement over the addition of only 3,700 jobs to close out the year in December, when the statewide jobless rate was 5.2 percent.

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