Orange County

Jobless rate in OC for July rose to 4.2%

THE JOBLESS rate in Orange County rose from 3.8 percent in June to 4.2 percent in July.

The unemployment rate in Orange County jumped in July, but remains lower than it was a year ago. That’s the word from a report released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

Joblessness in the OC rose from 3.8 percent in June to 4.2 percent in July. That compares to a rate of 4.4 percent in July 2015.

Non-farm employment declined from 1,591,900 to 1,585,500, a drop of 6,400 jobs. Most of the loss was in local government (down 9,100) due to summer recess. State government jobs – all in education – fell by 2,700.

Other educational and health services employment dropped by 1,300 over the month. The biggest increases were in construction (up 3,600). Year-to-year, construction and leisure/hospitality are up, while manufacturing is down.

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