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San Diego unemployment rate at 10.1 percent; down slightly from December

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The unemployment rate in San Diego County last month was 10.1 percent, down slightly from the previous month, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The county's unemployment rate was 10.4 percent in November, and 10.3 percent in December 2009. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

California's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 12.5 percent in December, up from 12.4 percent in November and above the 12.3 rate from December 2009, according to the EDD.

The comparable estimates for the nation were 9.4 percent in December, 9.8 percent in November and 9.9 percent for December 2009.

Total nonfarm employment increased by 2,600 jobs in San Diego County between November and December to reach more than 1.2 million.

The largest jumps were in employment services, administrative services and retail.

The construction industry lost 2,600 jobs over the past year, according to EDD data.

A total of 156,900 people were unemployed in December in San Diego County, which has a labor force of nearly 1.6 million.

Statewide, 2.27 million people were out of work, up from 2.26 million in November.

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