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California's unemployment rate stays at 9.8

People are seen standing in line for a job fair in the Los Angeles area in this undated photo.

January 18, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
California has the nation's third highest unemployment rate at 9.8 percent, and it remained unchanged in December.

According to the Employment Development Department, 1.8 million Californians were unemployed in December.

While the rate was the same as in November, it is down from a year ago when it was over 11 percent.

State officials say the construction, information, educational and health services fields gained the most jobs between November and December.

Authorities say California's job growth is slightly faster than the national rate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.