Movie production gains aid state’s jobs

first_imgCalifornia employers added 27,600 jobs in February, led by increases in movie production, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. The state’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, unchanged from January and down from 4.9 percent in February 2006. The number of Californians looking for work in February fell to 874,000 from 877,000 in January. In all, 15.2 million people held payroll jobs in California in February. All but 400 of the 27,600 jobs added in the state in February came in Los Angeles County. “This month’s employment data are still consistent with our long-standing forecast of a soft landing for California’s economy,” said Chuck Williams, dean of the University of the Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business. “The slack in housing-related sectors is being picked up by other sectors, particularly services. Year-over-year job growth remains solid and unemployment is holding steady.” The biggest gains were made in the information sector, which added 7,300 jobs in February, most of those in the motion picture industry. Also gaining in February was telecommunications, which added about 2,000 jobs. The biggest job losses were in natural resources and mining and other services, which together lost 400 jobs over the month. last_img