Biz Buzz: More join county jobless ranks

An additional 600 people lost their jobs in San Luis Obispo County from October to November, driving the number of unemployed to 13,600.

A report by the state Employment Development Department shows the county’s unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in November, up from a revised 9.4 percent in October.

This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 12.4 percent for California and 9.3 percent for the nation during the same period.

Economists are hopeful the New Year will bring a bit of positive change.

Economists at UCLA and Chapman University predict the state will add jobs and the unemployment rate will drop but still exceed the nation’s jobless rate.

— Stacy Daniel