Unemployment Rate Dips Again In LACo, But Remains High


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 17.5% in Los Angeles County in July, down from 19.4% in June, according to figures released today by the state Employment Development Department.

The 17.5% rate was well above the 4.4% rate from the pre-coronavirus era of July 2019.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the July jobless rate was 12.3%, down from 13.7% in June.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 13.3% in July, down from 14.9% in June, but well above the 4% rate from July 2019. The comparable estimates for the nation were 10.2% in July, 11.1% in June and 3.7% in July 2019.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment in Los Angeles County decreased by 3,600 jobs between June and July to reach nearly 4.1 million. The government sector led the way in job declines, dropping 38,300 positions, due largely to seasonal reductions in public education.

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