California unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent in August

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2013 file photo, a Philadelphia business displays a help wanted sign in its storefront. The September jobs report coming Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, will provide clues to the job market’s health that go beyond the unemployment rate. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent in August.

The state Employment Development Department said Friday that last month’s rate was up from 4.8 percent in July but still lower than the 5.4 percent recorded a year earlier in August 2016.

The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,100 California households.

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