California’s unemployment rate rose to 11.9%, the fourth-highest in the nation, in July, the state’s Employment Development Department said last week.

The jobless rate was up from 11.6% in June and 7.3% a year ago. The current rate is the highest since the state started keeping comparable records in 1976. California is tied with Oregon for the fourth-highest state jobless rate in the nation. Only Michigan, Rhode Island and Nevada have higher rates. 

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