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Humboldt County December unemployment rate released

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY- The numbers are in.  The Employment Development Department reports Humboldt County’s unemployment rate went down slightly from November to December.

They also report the rate went down more than two percent from December 2012 to December 2013, from 9.8 percent to 7.5 percent. Still, Humboldt County slipped from 20th to 21st place in lowest unemployment rates for counties statewide.  For the year of 2013 in Humboldt County, some of the job growth occurred in farming, trade, transportation and utilities. Professional and business services experienced job cutbacks in 2013.

As for Del Norte County, its unemployment rate for last December was listed at 10.7 percent.