By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
State officials say California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 8.7 percent in July.
The Employment Development Department announced Friday that the rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point, up from 8.5 percent in June.
Kern County's unemployment rate, which the department reports as seasonally unadjusted, edged only slightly higher in July despite the loss of 2,000 local government education jobs.
The county's unadjusted jobless rate of 11.6 percent in July was barely changed from June's revised 11.5 percent.
Kern's net loss of 800 jobs in July reflected the addition of 1,500 (2.7 percent) farming positions, which were more than offset by 500 (-1.9 percent) cuts in professional and business services and the -8.2 percent change in local education, according to the department.
California's rate continues to exceed the nation as a whole. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped slightly to 7.4 percent for July.
Some 1.6 million Californians remained unemployed in July. That is up 29,000 over June, but down by 328,000 compared with July of last year.
In July 2012, the unemployment rate was 10.6 percent.
California added more than 38,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in July despite the increase in the jobless rate.
Unemployment in the state dropped below 9 percent this spring for the first time in five years, when it fell to 8.6 percent in May.
-- The Associated Press contributed to this report