The state's unemployment rate is continuing its steady decline - down to eight percent.

California's employers bumped up their payrolls by 58-thousand jobs in February, gaining back some momentum from a disappointing January.

Same story regionally; saw 38-hundred jobs added collectively. Education and healthcare lead the way. There were also some unseasonable gains in construction, likely due to the warm weather.

All told, local unemployment is at 8.2 percent.

The region increased by 11,900 jobs or 1.4 percent from February 2013 to February 2014. 

The statewide rate of 8 is now the lowest it's been since September of 2008 - before the financial markets crashed.