The unemployment rate in Sonoma County held steady in December at 7.7 percent, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The number of jobs in Sonoma County fell by 1,900, but a drop in overall jobs is typical in December. On the upside side, there were 8,100 more jobs in the county than at the same time last year.

Government was the only sector in Sonoma County that added jobs last month.

California's unemployment rate also remained unchanged at 9.8 percent in December, and the number of non-farm jobs fell by 17,500 statewide.