California unemployment rate falls to 10.1 percent

There were 45,800 jobs added to payrolls in October

POSTED: 09:33 AM PST Nov 16, 2012 
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. -

California's jobless rate continues to fall but it's still above 10 percent.
 
The state Employment Development Department says the rate was 10.1 percent in October, down from 10.2 percent a month earlier.
 
There were 45,800 jobs added to payrolls. The private sector did well, adding jobs in construction and higher-paying professional areas. In a good start for the shopping season, 20,500 retail jobs were added.
 
The biggest job losses were in government - part of an ongoing trend.
 
Overall, department spokesman Kevin Callori says California's jobless rate continues to drop - continuing an economic turnaround that began in February of 2010.