California's unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a point in April to an even 9.0 percent. It was just under 10 percent at the start of the year. But after adding 37,400 jobs in February and 25,200 in March, the April increase was just 10,400. And over the last month, 20,000 people have left the California workforce. That - along with the modest job gains - has likely contributed to the drop in unemployment.
One bright spot in the reduced job gains is that two long-struggling industries added jobs last month: construction and manufacturing. The construction sector, in fact, is up nearly eight percent over the last year.