The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County was 7.9 percent in December, down slightly from a revised 8 percent in November, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
The 7.9 percent rate was well below the 9.2 percent rate from December 2013.
In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, down from 5 percent in November.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 7 percent in December, down from 7.2 percent in November and below the 8.3 percent rate in December 2013. The comparable estimates for the nation were 5.6 percent in December, 5.8 percent in November and 6.7 percent a year ago.
According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment increased in Los Angeles County by 7,300 jobs between November and December to reach more than 4.2 million.
The trade, transportation and utilities sector posted the largest month- over-month gain, adding 7,600 jobs.
About 396,000 people were unemployed in December in Los Angeles County, which has a workforce of about 5 million.
—City News Service