ct-unemployment-office.jpgThe state unemployment rate remained unchanged at 12.4 percent in October, according to a report released today by the California Employment Development Department.

More than 2.26 million people are out of work in California, according to the department.
The state’s rate continues to top the national rate, which also remained steady at 9.6 percent.

Unemployment rates for some Bay Area counties remained close to the state average, including 11 percent for Alameda, 10.6 for Santa Clara and 10.9 for Contra Costa.

Other counties were slightly lower: San Francisco came in at 9.3 percent, San Mateo at 8.5, and with the lowest rate in California, Marin at 8 percent, according to the department.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a statement today in response to the unemployment figures, expressing his support for the outcome of employment legislation.

“California continues to experience a slow recovery,” Schwarzenegger said. “But I am proud that we passed a budget that held the line on tax increases and pleased that the California voters upheld vital employment incentives on the November ballot.”

The unemployment rate applies to non-agricultural jobs, which are adjusted seasonally and handled by another agency, according to EDD.

Results were derived from a national survey of 5,500 California households.

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