By Chris Kirkham
August 15, 2014

California added more than 27,000 jobs in July, but the state unemployment rate remained flat at 7.4% as the size of the labor force shrank slightly from last month’s estimates.

The data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department shows significant gains from last July, when the state unemployment rate was 9%.

The largest increases came in educational and health services jobs, which accounted for more than a third of the total job gains since last month. The largest decrease in jobs came in the construction sector, which was down 6,400 jobs since June.

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