Mixed News on Job Front in Sacramento Region

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, December 19, 2008

The state’s employment development department reports that the total number of Sacramento-area jobs declined slightly last month – by just one hundred.
But the department’s Diane Patterson says the job market vastly underperformed compared to past Novembers.
Patterson: “Typically in November, the region would grow overall by 2800 jobs – most likely led by gains in seasonal jobs, including retail jobs.” 
This year, Patterson says, retail companies filled less than 80 percent of the jobs they did in previous Novembers.
Overall, the Sacramento-area’s unemployment rate rose two tenths of a percent in November to 8.1 percent – up from 5.6 percent from the same time last year.
But the region is still slightly better than the statewide jobless rate of 8.3 percent.

That statewide rate went up two tenths of a percent from October to November – and nearly three percent from this time last year.
And while normally, retail jobs go up in November, the trade, transportation and utilities, category which includes retail actually went down – way down, by some 26,000 jobs.  By comparison, the total number of positions added last month was just under 11,000.
Construction, manufacturing and leisure and hospitality also dropped; the biggest gains came from educational and health services.
Nearly 600,000 Californians received unemployment insurance benefits last month – nearly double from November of last year.