L.A. County Jobless Rate Holds Steady in May

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County held steady at 4.4 percent in May, the same rate as April, but was down from the 4.8 percent rate in May 2017, the state Employment Development Department reported today.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the May unemployment rate was 2.6 percent, also unchanged from April.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 4.2 percent in May, the same as April and below the 4.9 percent rate from May 2017. The comparable estimates for the nation were 3.8 percent in May, 3.9 percent in April and 4.3 percent in May 2017.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment increased in Los Angeles County by about 15,700 jobs between April and May to reach nearly 4.5 million. The leisure and hospitality sector showed the biggest gain, adding 10,600 jobs.

About 227,000 people were unemployed in May in Los Angeles County, which has a work force of more than 5.1 million.

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