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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