Statewide Unemployment Drops To Lowest Level Since 2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's jobless rate has fallen for the third straight month, to 6.5 percent, as the state continues to add jobs. The Employment Development Department reported Friday that the state added 39,800 jobs during March for a gain of nearly 1.9 million jobs since the recovery began in 2010. The last time the unemployment rate was this low was in May 2008. The national unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent. California saw two-tenths of a percentage point drop in its unemployment rate from February as a result of payroll gains. The state says seven categories added jobs over the month with professional and business services posting the largest increase of 16,900 jobs. The overall number of people unemployed was down in March and stands at 1.2 million.