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(dailynews.com) Unemployment in Los Angeles County finished 2017 at the lowest year-end rate in at least 27 years.

State jobs stats show the local unemployment rate for December was 4.2 percent, same as November but down from 4.7 percent a year ago. Last year’s joblessness was far below the average 6.9 percent of the past five years. Perhaps more remarkable, this is the lowest December reading since 1990, breaking the Los Angeles record-best of 4.4 percent set in December 2006.

Unemployment fell as jobs in Los Angeles County increased 8,300 in December from November to 4.52 million. In the past 10 years, an average 11,390 workers were added in the same one-month period.

Last month’s job count was up 54,700 vs. a year ago — a rise of 1.23 percent. Year-over-year job growth has averaged 32,150 the past five years.

Here is a look at year-over-year changes in a dozen key slices of the employment market in Los Angeles County …

1. The unemployed: Don’t just look at the jobless rate. Consider the humanity behind it. People officially out of work fell 23,500 in the year to 214,000 — a 9.9 percent 12-month drop and 62 percent below the five-year monthly average of 346,203 jobless.

2. Construction: Added 6,300 jobs — up 4.77 percent — to 138,300 jobs. Past five years? Up 28,000 workers or 25.4 percent.

3. Manufacturing: Cut 2,200 jobs — off 0.6 percent — to 355,900 jobs. Past five years? Down 17,700 workers or 4.7 percent.

4. Warehousing, transportation: Cut 5,300 jobs — off 0.6 percent — to 856,400 jobs. Past five years? Up 56,300 workers or 7 percent.

5. Retail: Cut 5,500 jobs — off 1.24 percent — to 439,700 jobs. Past five years? Up 13,600 workers or 3.2 percent.

6. Information services: Added 12,500 jobs — up 5.49 percent — to 240,000 jobs. Past five years? Up 38,300 workers or 19 percent.

7. Financial services: Added 7,700 jobs — up 3.48 percent — to 228,700 jobs. Past five years? Up 13,100 workers or 6.1 percent.

8. Professional services: Added 9,800 jobs — up 1.6 percent — to 620,700 jobs. Past five years? Up 35,800 workers or 6.1 percent.

9. Education: Added 3,400 jobs — up 2.63 percent — to 132,800 jobs. Past five years? Up 14,000 workers or 11.8 percent.

10. Healthcare, social services: Added 23,400 jobs — up 3.58 percent — to 677,900 jobs. Past five years? Up 80,900 workers or 13.6 percent.

11. Leisure, hospitality: Added 2,800 jobs — up 0.54 percent — to 521,700 jobs. Past five years? Up 96,300 workers or 22.6 percent.

12. Government: Cut 7,300 jobs — off 1.24 percent — to 582,700 jobs. Past five years? Up 24,500 workers or 4.4 percent.