California's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in December, unchanged from November, and down 1.4 percentage points from 1 year ago. In comparison, the U.S. unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in December, unchanged from November, and down 0.7 percentage point from 1 year ago.
In California there were 14,398,800 jobs in total nonfarm industries in December, a loss of 17,500 jobs from last month. This followed a revised 6,100-job gain in November and a 38,800-job gain in October.
Within nonfarm industries, 3 sectors saw month-over job gains; 8 sectors saw a month-over job decline. The sectors with increased employment in December were:
Educational and health services (9,200)
Sectors that lost jobs in December were:
Trade, transportation, and utilities (11,200)
Professional and business services (8,800)
Other services (5,300)
Leisure and hospitality (3,800)
Financial activities (700)
Mining and logging (100)
The lowest unemployment rate among California counties in December was 5.5 percent in Marin. Three other counties had rates below 7.0 percent in December: San Mateo (6.0 percent), San Francisco (6.5 percent) and Orange (6.8 percent). The highest unemployment rate in December was 25.5 percent in Imperial County. The comparable, not seasonally adjusted California rate was 9.7 percent in December.
View the unemployment rates by county for December 2012 online. (Requires Acrobat Reader).
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