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March 22, 2013
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California jobless rate holds, South Lake Tahoe's rises

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s jobless rate stalled at 9.8 percent this winter, with only a few new jobs created in January.

The state’s Employment Development Department reported Tuesday that the unemployment rate remained unchanged in January and December.

South Lake Tahoe’s unemployment rate rose from 13 percent to 13.6 percent between December and January, according to state statistics.

California’s statewide jobless rate for November was revised upward a tenth of a percentage point to 9.9 percent, when the rate dropped below 10 percent for the first time since the beginning of the recession.

Department spokeswoman Loree Levy says the good news is that revised figures show an overall gain of 327,400 jobs last year.

That’s an increase of 101,500 jobs over previous estimates.

Preliminary figures, which may be revised, showed increases since January 2011 in leisure and hospitality jobs, construction, and professional and business services. The jobless numbers for February are due to be released next week.

Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent in January, according to statistics released earlier this month. The number represents the 18th straight month the state has seen declining numbers of unemployed. Douglas County’s unemployment rate was measured at 11.8 percent in January.

Tahoe Daily Tribune reporter Adam Jensen contributed to this story.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 22, 2013 07:14PM Published Mar 22, 2013 07:14PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.