As California's unemployment rate remains stuck at 9.8% in January, some counties in the Golden State reported jobless rates edging up slightly.
California's employers added just 1,700 jobs in January, according to the state's Employment Development Department. However, December figures were revised upward to show a net gain of 8,200 jobs instead of the 17,500 loss reported initially reported.
The state has been adding jobs every month since July 2011.
Economists say California businesses may be pulling back slightly as a reaction to a payroll tax increase and the state's recent implementation of a sales tax bump and increased tax on wealthy individuals.
"I am a little concerned that job creation in California is not going to be as strong as last year," said Esmael Adibi, director of Chapman University's A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research. "The growth rate for both the nation and California is going to be slightly below what it was last year."