Even though the state's employers added 24,500 non-farm payroll jobs during the month of March, California's unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.3 percent, according to data released on April 19 by the California Employment Development Department (EDD).

The jobless rate was 4.2 percent in February, a near-historic low, said Lenny Mendonca, director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.

San Bernardino County's unemployment rate was identical to that of the state -- 4.3 percent -- while neighboring Riverside County's rate was 4.7 percent, the EDD said.

"The Bay Area continued to drive our growth, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the overall March gain," Mendonca said.

"In order for our economy to deliver sustainable and inclusive growth across the state, we must continue our efforts -- across the public and private sectors -- to bring skills training and quality jobs to all communities in California, especially those in our heartland."

The United States unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent, and the nation’s employers added 196,000 non-farm payroll jobs in March.

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