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OC jobless rate skids to 2.8%

JOBLESSNESS in Orange County was 2.8 percent in November, down from 2.9 percent in October.

Joblessness in Orange County continued to fall in November, according to figures released last week by the state Employment Development Department. 

The unemployment rate in the OC fell from 2.9 percent in October to 2.8 percent in November. The biggest leap in employment was in the category of trade, transportation and utilities, which added 6,300 jobs in November, most of them in seasonal gains in retail trade, which added 6,100 positions.

Professional and businesss service added 3,500 jobs. The biggest increase was in the area of professional and business services, up by 3,100.

The biggest decline was in construction (down 1,800 jobs).

In our local cities, the jobless rate for November was:

  • Garden Grove: 3.0 percent.
  • Huntington Beach: 2.7 percent.
  • Stanton: 3.0 percent.
  • Westminster: 3.3 precent.

Large cities in Orange County (population over 100,000) showed these results:

  • Anaheim: 2.9 percent.
  • Fullerton: 2.9 percent.
  • Irvine: 2.8 percent.
  • Orange: 2.7 percent.
  • Santa Ana: 2.7 percent.

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