Orange County

Joblessness rate steady at 2.6 percent

THE JOBLESS rate in Orange County stayed at 2.6 percent in May 2018, according to the EDD.

Unemployment in Orange County remained at an historically low 2.6 percent in May, according to a report released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

The jobless rate in April was also at 2.6 percent. The figure for April 2017 was 3.2 percent, and the statewide and national rates are at 3.7 percent and 3.6 percent.

For our three local cities, the estimates are:

  • Garden Grove: 2.8 percent, down from 2.9 percent last month
  • Huntington Beach: 2.5 percent, down from 2.6 percent
  • Westminster: 2.9 percent, the same as the previous month.

The highest jobless rates in May were reported to be in Villa Park (3.4 percent) and Seal Beach (2.9 percent). The lowest are Laguna Woods (1.9 percent) and Costa Mesa (2.2 percent).

The EDD report shows that the biggest increases in jobs came in government, primary local government, with 1,400 jobs. Financial activities showed a drop of 1,600 jobs.


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