California's unemployment rate has ticked down to its lowest level since 2008.

The state added more than 58,000 new jobs in February, pushing the unemployment rate down a tenth of a point to 8%.  The Golden State was at 7.9% before the financial markets crashed.

In the Sacramento region there was a net gain of 3,800 jobs, with seven of 12 industries in positive territory which brings our regional unemployment rate to 8.2%.  

George Marley with the Employment Development Department says education and health care lead the way,

"One industry that stood out for the month over was construction, which posted a 700 job increase," he added.

Marley credits new building and warmer weather.  The four-county region has added 11,000 jobs over the last year.