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State adds 26,800 jobs

California added 26,800 non-agricultural jobs in November, according to data released Friday.

The state, which added jobs at a steady rate during the past two years, has now replaced all of the jobs it lost in March and April of 2020 when the pandemic hit, the state Employment Development Department reported.

California’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent last month, essentially unchanged from October. Also, the state’s labor supply fell by 21,000 in November.

Since February 2020, the state’s labor force has shrunk by 282,000 workers, a drop of 1.4 percent.

“This lack of workers is making it difficult for some employers to hire the additional staff they typically bring on during the holiday season,” the report states.

Leisure and hospitality added 13,900 jobs in November, the most of any sector, according to the department

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