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Unemployment rate falls in CA and LA County in December

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California's unemployment rate for December 2013 fell to 8.3%, with employers across the state adding 13,600 jobs, according to figures released Friday by the state's Employment Development Department.

The rate for December compares with 8.5% in November 2013 -- and 9.8% in December of 2012.

In Los Angeles County, employers added a net of 1,400 jobs in December, bringing the county's unemployment rate down to 9.2% from a revised 9.5% the month before. 

At the state level, the professional and business services job category posted the largest increase in December, adding a net of 8,400 jobs.  There were also gains in the trade, transportation, and utilities, leisure and hospitality, and educational and health services sectors.  But the state's construction and manufacturing sectors lost jobs. 

In Los Angeles County, the trade, transportation, and utilities category led last month's gains, adding 4,900 jobs. with retail trade (up 3,700) accounting for more than 75 percent of the job growth.  L.A. County's  largest job losses over the month were in the information industry (down 3,700) with most losses in motion picture and sound recording (down 3,400).  

The nationwide unemployment rate in December was 6.7%.


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