Figures released Friday by the state show California´s economy lost 25-thousand payroll jobs last month, a trend that countered modest national payroll employment growth during the same period.
The state´s Employment Development Department says in all, more than 14.6 million people held payroll jobs in December. Nationally, U-S employers added 157-thousand workers to their payrolls in December. The E-D-D says among the people who identified themselves as unemployed, 436,400 were laid off, while 87,100 left their jobs voluntarily. The rest were new job seekers.
California´s unemployment rate was 5.8 percent last month, unchanged from a revised 5.8 percent in November. That´s down from 6.5 percent a year ago.
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