L.A. County Jobless Rate Inches Upward in June

posted by City News Service - 

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County rose slightly to 4.5 percent in June, up from a revised 4.4 percent in May, the state Employment Development Department reported today.

 The June unemployment rate for the county was below the 4.7 percent rate in June 2017.

 In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the June unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, up from 2.6 percent in May.

 The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 4.2 percent in June, the same as May but below the 4.8 percent rate from June 2017. The comparable estimates for the nation were 4 percent in June, 3.8 percent in May and 4.3 percent in June 2017.

 According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment increased in Los Angeles County by about 4,400 jobs between May and June to reach nearly 4.5 million. The professional and business services sector reported the largest gain, adding 3,500 jobs.

 About 230,000 people were unemployed in June in Los Angeles County, which has a work force of more than 5.1 million.

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