Labor Secretary Releases Statement on December Employment Numbers January 24, 2020 SACRAMENTO, CA – Following the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) release of the state’s employment data from December, the California Labor Secretary, Julie A. Su issued the following statement: “California continues to show strong job growth, with industry sectors such as professional and business services leading the way. The continuing job growth and low unemployment in California is one of the many reasons our state is the world’s fifth largest economy. “Additionally, work in construction grew by 31,300 jobs over the last year. Governor Newsom’s commitment to invest and expand apprenticeships will help ensure more working people are in good jobs. “With historic unemployment rates we have an opportunity to ensure low wage jobs in the care sector become higher quality jobs by focusing on wage growth and economic mobility for more workers across industries and spectrums.” ### Julie A. Su, appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom, is the Secretary for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA). The LWDA enforces workplace laws, combats wage theft, ensures health and safety on the job, connects Californians to quality jobs and career pathways, and administers unemployment insurance, workers compensation and paid family leave. LWDA oversees seven major departments, boards, and panels that serve California workers and businesses by improving access to training, promoting high road jobs, eliminating barriers to employment, and creating a level playing field for employers.