Orange County

Jobless rate drops down to 2.8 percent

THE JOBLESS rate in Orange County fell from 2.8 percent in October to November.

Unemployment in Orange County dropped to one of the historically lowest points in November at 2.8 percent. That’s down from 3.3 percent in October and compares to 3.7 percent in November 2016.

The national jobless rate is 3.9, with California at 4 percent.

Overall, the county added 10,000 jobs in the month.

According to the state Employment Development Department, the biggest increase in Orange County was in the field of trade, transportation and utilities, with a surge of 5,500 jobs in retail trade for the holiday season.

Other big increases included 2,600 jobs in professional and business services.

The biggest decline was in construction, with a drop of 900 jobs and educational and health services, down 500 jobs.

Compared to November 2016, the county added 8,400 jobs in leisure and hospitality (including hotels and restaurants) and 5,900 in construction. Declines included manufacturing (down 5,100 jobs) and government (down 3,700 jobs).

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