While the largest state in America, California, is not considered as the 2012 election swing states, the race between the incumbent president Barack Obama (Democratic Party) and Republican candidate Mitt Romney is boiling in several swing states due to large number of undecided voters, such as Nevada, Iowa, Florida, Ohio and Virginia. The average of unemployment rate in America in August was at 8.1 percent, while the unemployment rate in those swing states are mostly higher than the average.
According to data from America’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, companies in California added about 12,000 nonfarm jobs in August 2012. Companies continue to add more jobs during the past 13 months in a row. However, California remained as the third-highest unemployment rate in America at 10.6%. Two others states were ahead of California in term of unemployment rate, Nevada has the highest unemployment rate at 12.1%, and followed by Rhode Island at number two with 10.7%.
Citing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, latimes.com reported that there were several top industries in California that adding jobs in August 2012. First, education and health services added the most jobs in August as students returned to schools and posting an increase of 8,900 jobs. Second, leisure and hospitality added about 4,400 jobs.