Sacramento's unemployment rate shot up to 10.3 percent in January, state officials said today.
The increase, from December's 9.7 percent, was due in part to seasonal factors.
The Employment Development Department said the four-county region lost 10,800 jobs, including 3,900 retail jobs as merchants scaled back following the December holidays. In addition, the construction industry shed 1,100 jobs.
However, there was also a 2,400-job decline in professional and business services - a large sector of the economy that takes in a wide range of occupations.
As previously reported, statewide unemployment was unchanged at 9.8 percent in January.
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