LOS ANGELES — An unexpected spike in California job creation numbers has the UCLA Anderson Forecast’s economists speculating that the state may have turned a corner on its economic malaise.

Based on economic indicators that include export figures and transportation surveys, the economists had forecast in September that the state would produce zero job growth through the end of the year, but California led the nation in job growth in September and October, adding 176,000 jobs, said Jerry Nickelsburg, a UCLA Anderson Forecast senior economist, in an interview.

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