California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 12.4 percent in January, down 0.1 percentage point from the rate in December, and up 0.1 percentage point from one year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in January, down 0.4 percentage point from December, and down 0.7 percentage point from one year ago.
There were 13,971,200 jobs in total nonfarm industries in January, up 12,500 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 21,700-job gain in December and 24,400-job gain in November.
Within nonfarm industries, five sectors saw month-over job gains and six sectors saw month-over job declines. The sectors with increased employment in January were:
Trade, Transportation and Utilities (19,200)
Mining and Logging (800)
Sectors that lost jobs in January in order of job loss magnitude were: Information (9,600); Professional and Business Services (6,900); Other Services (5,400); Financial Activities (5,100); Leisure and Hospitality (1,700); and Educational and Health Services (600).
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in January was 8.2 percent in Marin. Other counties with rates below 10.0 percent in January were: Mono, San Mateo, Orange, and San Francisco. In all, 17 counties had rates below 12.0 percent. The highest unemployment rate in January was 27.8 percent in Colusa County. In total, eight counties had rates above 20.0 percent. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 12.7 percent in January.
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