The unemployment rate in San Bernardino County dropped from 3.6 percent in April to 3.3 percent in May, according to data released on June 21 by the California Employment Development Department (EDD).
The jobless rate for neighboring Riverside County was 3.6 percent.
California’s unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.2 percent, still hovering near the state's record low unemployment rate of 4.1 percent which was set in July through December of 2018.
The United States unemployment rate held at 3.6 percent in May.
California’s 19,400 job gain accounted for 26 percent of the nation’s total 75,000 job gain for the month.
The state’s 111-month employment expansion is the second-longest on record behind the 113-month long expansion of the 1960s.
California has gained 3,235,900 jobs since the current economic expansion began in February of 2010, averaging more than 29,000 jobs gained per month over the period -- far more than the 8-9,000 jobs needed each month to accommodate people entering the labor force.
Seven of California’s 11 major industry sectors gained jobs in May. The biggest increase of 12,800 jobs came in construction, reflecting an increase in home building. That was followed by a gain of 4,500 jobs in leisure and hospitality on the strength of the state’s tourism industry, and a 1,800 job gain in government.
"As we continue this historic expansion, it’s important that we remain fiscally disciplined, which Gov. Newsom has made a cornerstone of the state budget, ensuring that we build an economy that works for all Californians," said Lenny Mendonca, the governor's chief economic and business advisor.