Orange County

Good news! OC jobless rate is up

THE JOBLESS rate in Orange County is up for June, but that's not bad news.

THE JOBLESS rate in Orange County is up for June, but that’s not bad news.

The good news is that the unemployment rate in Orange County is up.

The jobless rate for June 2016 rose to 4.4 percent in June, compared to 3.6 percent in May. But the positive aspect to that is that the labor force increased by 5,400 people, pushing the jobless rate up a trifle.

The state Employment Development Department announced on Friday that the county added 5,700 in June and 49,400 for 2016. The current rate of 4.4 compares to a statewide rate of 5.7 percent and a national rate of 5.1 percent.

The biggest growth in jobs in Orange County for June was in the leisure and hospitality sector, included hotels, restaurants and amusement parks. An estimated 2,500 jobs were added because of the summer tourist season.

Manufacturing was up by 1,500 jobs, but declines were reported in government jobs – most of that in education as schools closed for the summer (1,600) and construction (1,100).

Year-to-year, though, construction is up by 12,500 jobs over the past 12 months, and professional and business services are up by 11,500 positions.

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