LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in February, continuing a slight downward trend but remaining higher than the nation's jobless rate as a whole.
A business survey cited by the state Employment Development Department says the state added 39,900 nonfarm payroll jobs.
Just over 1 million Californians were unemployed, a decrease of 36,000 over the month and a dip of nearly 207,000 compared with February of last year.
The unemployment rate generally has been falling for months except for a slight increase in December to 5.8 percent.
February's unemployment figure of 5.5 percent was still higher than the U.S. rate of 4.9 percent, which was unchanged from January.
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The summits of Birch Hill and Palomar Mountain saw a dusting of snow Monday, and other San Diego County mountains and valleys experienced less than a quarter-inch of rain.
Local mothers fed up with school violence are calling for tougher gun laws in the wake of the Florida high school shooting.
A North County eatery is believed to be the first restaurant in San Diego County where parents can have it all - great food, alone time and supervised onsite child care.
According to Scripps Ranch residents, for weeks they've been waking up to deep scrapes and scratches that someone keyed in their vehicles, and on Sunday an arrest was made in connection with the incidents.
A man accused of carrying out an armed robbery in the Mountain View area was place under arrest Monday.
A woman was seriously hurt after a car driven by a 52-year-old man veered off a road and onto a sidewalk Sunday in the Valencia Park area, police said.
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