California's unemployment rate fell to a record-tying low of 4.7 percent in May, but experts still maintained that the state's economy is slowing down. The unemployment rate hasn't been that low since December 2000, hitting a level achieved only twice in the past 40 years.
The national rate in May was 4.3 percent. Most sectors lost jobs compared to the same month previous year, but health care and leisure and hospitality gained.
"Manufacturing added 2,300 jobs this month to help ease some of the recent losses plaguing this sector", Kelly said.
"We're seeing a falling-off in job creation over the last few months that's fairly broad based", Bauer said. A surge in hiring energy field workers is credited - 6,000 new jobs were added.
State labor statistics released Friday show that Madison, Stanton and Pierce Counties saw their unemployment rate hold at 2.5% in May.
Traditionally a good jobs month, May's job numbers this year were more than 3,000 jobs over last May's. Kershaw County's rate remained at 3.9 percent.
The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, increased by 3,234, or 14.9 percent, to 24,867.
OC professional and business services increased by 900 jobs, the biggest local gain, followed by construction at 800, financial activities at 300, and leisure and hospitality at 200.
Indiana's private sector had struggled this year, shedding jobs four out of five months heading into May. "They may be looking for a different job, but they haven't quit the one they already have". The federal job growth rate was 1.6 percent. Manufacturing and construction employment was down this month.