But overall, 2016 was a good year for California. The state added more than 330,000 jobs – a growth rate of two percent – and the unemployment rate fell by 0.7 percent.
The two sectors with the largest gains last year were educational and health services, and government. The manufacturing sector was one of two that lost jobs.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in the four-county Sacramento area dropped over the last year from 5.5 percent to 4.9 percent. The capital region added nearly 30,000 jobs in 2016.
From November to December, the construction and government sectors saw the biggest job losses. The state Employment Development Department says there are fewer construction jobs in the winter when it's raining. And when schools close for winter break, there are fewer government jobs...government includes education. Job losses were offset by gains in: leisure-and-hospitality; and trade-transportation-and-utilities.
Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne contributed to this report.