Diane Patterson with the state Employment Development Department says most of those losses were in construction, which cut back 3,200 jobs in December.
"It accounted for about 60% of the total job loss in the region. The higher than average declining construction in December may be the result of delayed winter layoffs likely attributable to fair weather that extended the construction season."
Patterson says other sectors that cut jobs in December include: government; financial activities; and farms.
But the losses were offset by job gains in: trade, transportation and utilities; wholesale trade; and leisure and hospitality.
The Sacramento area unemployment rate was 10.9% in December…unchanged from November's rate.