Gonzales, CA - California remains a driver of nationwide job growth. Through May 2014, job growth in California outpaced the U.S. overall for the 27th consecutive month. Indeed, California has added back virtually all of the 1.38 million jobs lost during the downturn. Importantly, this job growth has been broad based with every major region in California returning to a growth mode and virtually every major industry expanding its payrolls. The current forecast calls for a 2.1% increase this fiscal year, and rising to 2.5% in 2015-16.