PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Word that California’s unemployment rate dipped below 11 percent for the first time in three years provided just a small sliver of hope — but a sliver nonetheless — for people who in some cases have been making weekly trips to the unemployment office for years.

The jobless rate of 10.9 percent is down three-tenths of a percentage point from December’s adjusted rate of 11.2 percent, the lowest since April 2009, the state Employment Development Department said Friday.

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