Calif. unemployment rate at 8.4 percent

December 19, 2008 10:21:32 AM PST
Federal officials say California's unemployment rate climbed to 8.4 percent in November, the third-highest rate in the nation.

The jobless rate announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor was up from 5.6 percent a year earlier, and 8.2 percent in October. Only Michigan and Rhode Island posted higher jobless rates than California.

The agency said California shed 41,700 jobs last month. Florida and North Carolina were the only states to lose more jobs.

The U.S. unemployment rate rose in November to 6.7 percent -- a 15-year high.