Orange County

OC jobless rate up to 4.1 percent

THE JOBLESS rate in Orange County rose from 4 percent in September to 4.1 percent in October.

THE JOBLESS rate in Orange County rose from 4 percent in September to 4.1 percent in October.

Unemployment ticked up slightly in October in Orange County, according to a report issued Friday by the state Employment Development Department. Joblessness rose to 4.1 percent from an estimated 4 percent in September.

That compares to a 4.4 percent unemployment rate in October of 2015, and to the state rate of 5.3 percent in California and the 4.7 percent figure for the nation.

Overall, the county saw a gain of 8,600 jobs in October, with most of that – 6000 jobs – coming for government. The biggest portion of that were 4,200 in local government jobs, reflecting seasonal gains in education after the summer recess.

Trade, transportation and utilities added 1,600 jobs, with almost all of that on retail trade. Declines of 4,600 jobs in leisure and hospitality and 300 in manufacturing were reported.

Compared to October 2015 figures, total non-farm employment was up by 40,000 jobs, or 2.6 percent, according to the EDD.

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