Orange County

Jobs are up, but so is jobless rate

THE JOBLESS rate in Orange County rose from 3.1 percent in May to 3.8 percent in June.

The unemployment rate in Orange County is up, even as the number of people with jobs increases. That’s the latest from the state Employment Development Department, which reported that the jobless rate in the county rose from 3.1 percent in May to 3.8 percent in June.

At the same time, the number of people with jobs increased from 1,588,900 to 1,594,000, a rise of 6,000 jobs. Typically that kind of fluctuation is the result of more people entering the job market, especially as students graduate from high school and college.

According to the EDD, the OC rate for June 2017 compares to the June 2016 jobless rate of 4.3 percent and a statewide rate of 4.9 percent. The national unemployment rate is 4.5 percent.

Professional and business services added 3,100 jobs in the county in June 2017, and 2,100 more were added in leisure and hospitality. Additionally, trade, transportation and utilities showed a 1,900 increase, with most of that coming from the retail sector.

The biggest month-over decline was in government, with a loss of 2,000 jobs.

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