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|Dwight Johnston, Vice President and Chief Economist for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues|
The unemployment rate for California has declined from a peak of 12.4 percent to 8.6 percent, and Nevada is down from 14 percent to 9.6 percent. But the unemployment rate calculation is taken from the household survey, which is narrow and includes "self-employed."
A better picture can be gleaned from the nonfarm payroll survey of larger businesses.
California lost approximately 1.4 million jobs, but recovered 700,000. What the data does not show is how consistent the uptrend has been since it began in earnest in late 2011.