Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 12/16/2011 05:25:11 PM PST

Unemployment fell and the number of jobs grew in the Inland Empire as the state Employment Development Department on Friday delivered a report with news that will add cheer the coming holidays.

The unemployment rate for the San Bernardino-Ontario-Riverside metropolitan statistical area registered 12.5 percent in November, down from 13.3 percent in October and 14.5 percent in November 2010.

The unemployment rate was 12.1 percent in San Bernardino County and 12.8 percent in Riverside County.

Between November 2010 and November 2011, total nonfarm employment increased by 19,100 jobs.

There was a 12,100 net increase in jobs between October and November.

Meanwhile, the jobless rate in California decreased to 11.3 percent from year-ago levels of 12.5 percent. .

“This is a different market from last year,” said Melissa Lira, an assistant manager for the Ontario office of Appleone.

Not only are there more overall placements, but most of them are for permanent jobs, not temporary jobs like what was dominate in 2010, she said.

Appleone in Ontario placed 460 people into jobs during November, which was the second most of any group in the Inland Empire, according to an EDD survey.

Leading all firms for job hires was Lockheed Martin, which took on 786 employees last month.

Those new employees were scattered at sites in Riverside, Barstow, Palm Springs and Helendale, EDD officials said.

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