Drop In Unemployment Rate Continues
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Sonora, CA -- The unemployment rate dropped for both the state and the Mother Lode.
California's jobless rate continued on a positive downward trend. It dipped two-tenths of a point from 8.5% to 8.3 percent in December. According to the California Employment Development Department (EDD), that is 1.5% lower than the same time a year ago. The Department reports more than 13,600 non-farm jobs were added. However, California's rate still exceeds the national unemployment rate, which dropped to 6.7% in December.
The report showed the Mother Lode figures also decreased by two-tenths of a point. Tuolumne County's rate was down to 8.5% for December. Calaveras County's rate was down to 9.4% for December.
Sectors that posted the largest job declines were construction, manufacturing, information, and other services. Areas that saw job gains included mining, logging, transportation and utilities.
Written by Tracey Petersen
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