SACRAMENTO -- California's unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in nine years as it continued a steady decline last month, the Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The rate was last this low in May 2007, before the Great Recession.

California's unemployment is still higher than the national rate, which was 4.7 percent in May.

More than 2.2 million jobs have been created since the recovery began in February 2010, the department said, including more than 15,000 nonfarm payroll jobs last month.

There were 16.4 million nonfarm jobs in California in May, up 2.2 million since the recovery began in February 2010.

The information, financial activities, other services, and government sectors also saw gains, for a combined increase of more than 32,000 jobs.

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