The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its alternative measures of labor underutilization (unemployment) for states through the first quarter of 2015.
The state's Employment Development Department has begun to release January 2015 jobs data for the state and Los Angeles County, with further data releases (delayed by the complex annual "benchmarking process") to follow for other jurisdictions later.
We consider California's "U-6" unemployment rate, a broader measure of labor force underutilization than the official "U-3" unemployment rate.
We consider the relationship between a California area having an agriculture-focused economy and its unemployment rate.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data on state employment trends in December show that, while California's job market has been improving, unemployment here still ranks high among U.S. states.