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Unemployment Up In State

California€™s unemployment rose slightly in December.

There was a 6.6 percent jobless rate, up from a revised 6.5 – 6.25 percent in November. The figure reflects a continuing slowdown in the state€™s technology sector and the nation€™s overall sluggish economy. About 1.165 million Californians were unemployed during the month, an increase of ten thousand from November.

Two industry sectors, mining and services, added two thousand jobs during the month. The biggest job losses were in construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation/public utilities, finance, insurance/real estate and government.

Unemployment in Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley, fell slightly to 7.5 percent in December. That continues a downward trend over the last few months.