Unemployment in the four-county Sacramento area was 6.2 percent in December, down five-tenths of a percent from November.
George Marley is with the state Employment Development Department which released the numbers today.
"Just to put it in perspective, the highest rate we've had in December was back in 2010, we were at 12.4 percent," explains Marley. "And from that peak till now, the unemployment rate has dropped 6.2 percent, it's fallen in half."
Marley says, despite losing 1,100 jobs overall last month, the region gained jobs in half-a-dozen areas including: trade, transportation and utilities; leisure and hospitality; and financial activities.
Sectors that saw job losses include: local government education (down 3,000 jobs) and state government (down 400 jobs). Federal government was up 300 jobs.
Construction saw a loss of 1,800 jobs. Agriculture fell by 400 jobs.