(December unemployment down)…The numbers were released Friday.
The monthly labor report was issued by the Labor Market Division of the Employment Development Department. The jobless rate for December, the latest numbers available, was 21 percent. That is down from the 22.7 percent reported for November. Of the 81,400 eligible workers in December, 17,100 were unemployed. The December unemployment rate for the state came in at 6.7 percent, and 5.4 percent for the nation.