California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.5 percent in December, up 0.1 percentage point from the rate in November, and up 0.2 percentage point from one year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.4 percent in December, down 0.4 percentage point from November, and down 0.5 percentage point from one year ago.
There were 13,897,100 jobs in total nonfarm industries in December, up 4,900 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 30,500-job gain in November and 43,200-job gain in October.
Within nonfarm industries, seven sectors saw month-over job gains and four sectors saw month-over job declines. The sectors with increased employment in November were:
Leisure and Hospitality (9,300)
Professional and Business Services (7,000)
Financial activities (6,200)
Educational and Health Services (3,700)
Other Services (100)
Sectors that lost jobs in December in order of job loss magnitude were: Government (15,400); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (9,200); Construction (3,200); and Mining and Logging (1,000).
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in December was 7.9 percent in Marin. Other counties with rates below 10.0 percent in December were: San Mateo, Orange, Mono, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Inyo and San Luis Obispo. In all, 19 counties had rates below 12.0 percent. The highest unemployment rate in December was 28.3 percent in Imperial County. In total, 14 counties had rates above 17.0 percent. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 12.3 percent in December. View the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by county for November 2010 online. (Requires Acrobat Reader).
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