Orange County

Jobless rate inches down to 3.2%

JOBLESSNESS in Orange County was 3.2 percent in July, up from 3.3 percent in June.

Unemployment in Orange County dropped slightly in July, according to a report issued Friday by the state Employment Development Department. The rate dropped from 3.3 percent in June to 3.2 percent last month.

California’s statewide rate for the same period is 4.4 percent; it’s 4.1 for the nation.

Although the jobless rate declined, the total number of people employed decreased by 12,300 positions. Most of the decline was attributed to local government employment (down 9,600 jobs) due to summer recess at schools. State government jobs (all in state education such as universities) were down by 2,800. Educational and health services were down by 1,900 jobs.

Showing an increase were six sectors, including professional and business services (2,000) especially in the professional, scientific and technical services.

Local jobless rates included:

  • Garden Grove: 3.5 percent
  • Huntington Beach: 3.1 percent
  • Stanton: 3.7 percent
  • Westminster: 3.6 percent.

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