Orange County

June jobless rate rose to 3.3 percent

THE JOBLESS rate in Orange County rose in June, according to the EDD.

Unemployment rose sharply in Orange County in June, jumping from 2.6 percent in May to 3.3 percent for the following month.

According to the state Employment  Development Department, the biggest part of that increase came from a loss of jobs in the educational and health services field, tied to the end of the school year.

That category brought a drop of 7800 positions. Other declines in employment came from financial activities (down 700 jobs) and government (down 400 jobs).

The new employment figure for Orange County for June compares to last year’s estimate of 3.7 percent, as well as the new California unemployment rate of 4.5 percent and 4.2 percent for the nation.

Increases in employment were recorded in professional and business services (1700 jobs), mostly in administrative and support services, which includes temporary help films.

Leisure and hospitality gained 1400 jobs and arts, entertainment and recreation increased by 800 jobs, while accomodation and food services added 800 jobs.

Overall, from June 2017 to June 2018, Orange County added 17,000 jobs or 1 percent.

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