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Shutdown delays California unemployment data

SACRAMENTO — California's monthly unemployment figures for September are being delayed due to the partial federal government shutdown that ended this week.

The state was scheduled to release its monthly report on unemployment trends on Friday, but the Employment Development Department says the shutdown limited California's access to federal employment data and programs it needs to calculate the figures.

The shutdown forced the Bureau of Labor Statistics to postpone its national release of employment data earlier this month.

California officials say this is the first time a federal shutdown has delayed the release of California's monthly jobs data. A new date for releasing the September figures has not yet been announced.

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