The year-over-year job and employment picture for Genesee County brightened in December, according to Department of Labor statistics.
The county's unemployment rate for December was 7.4 percent, a slight improvement over December 2010 when it was 7.9 percent, but not as good as last November when unemployment stood at 6.7 percent.
Overall, non-farm jobs increased from 22,600 in December 2010 to 23,800 last December. However, that's still below the November job figure of 24,100.
Historically, Genesee County sees a decline in jobs from November to December.
According to the latest report, there are 30,200 people in Genesee County with jobs, compared to 29,400 people with jobs in December 2010.
Year-over-year, goods producing jobs increased from 3,900 to 4,000.
Total service jobs increased from 18,700 to 19,800, including those in education. Health service jobs increased from 3,000 to 3,300, and leisure and hospitality jobs increased from 2,200 to 2,500
Government jobs increased from 6,100 to 6,200.