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Sonora, CA — The jobless rate was down last month in California, but up in Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties.

The California Employment Development Department reports that Tuolumne County’s jobless rate was 12.5 percent in October, compared to 12.4 percent in September. Calaveras County’s rate was 14.6 percent in October, as opposed to 14.5 percent in September.

Statewide the unemployment rate fell slightly in October to 11.7 percent, from 11.9 percent a month earlier.

The, October numbers are an improvement from a year ago when California’s unemployment rate was 12.5 percent. The EDD says construction, education, health services and leisure and hospitality were among the areas that added jobs.