It's also down from a year ago when the four-county unemployment rate was 9.4 percent.
Construction grew by 700 jobs, which is the opposite of what normally happens between January and February.
"Normally our average for construction, our 10 year average which we like to use here at the Labor Market, sees construction down 100 jobs from January to February," says George Marley with the Labor Market Information Division of the state Employment Development Department.
"Our five year average has been losing 600 jobs, obviously the five year average is including the Great Recession."
Marley says one reason the construction sector gained jobs is because of the mild winter weather. Since it didn't rain a lot, construction crews were able to continue working on projects.
Job gains in education, healthcare and government also helped to bring the Sacramento area unemployment rate down last month.
Among the sectors that lost jobs was retail, down by 1,700 jobs.
"But the average we've been seeing for the last 10 years is 1,500 for the month over and specifically for retail trade," says Marley, "so that's well within the seasonal norms."
The California unemployment rate has hit a ten-year low. Federal data shows the rate fell to 5 percent in February. That’s down from 5.2 percent in January and the lowest point since February of 2007.
Unemployment in the Sacramento area went up to 5.3 percent in January, an increase from 4.8 percent in December. Labor market analysts say higher unemployment in January is not unusual.
California’s employment picture improved last month, with 29,000 new private sector jobs added. Experts see the trend continuing into next year.
Sacramento's October job gains in government, retail and education were offset by losses in construction, manufacturing and leisure and hospitality. The unemployment rate in October was 5.2 percent, up from September's 5.1 percent.
The unemployment rate in the four-county Sacramento area is back down after a slight increase in July. Meanwhile, California added more than 60-thousand jobs in August – a strong showing particularly when compared to the rest of the nation.