Orange County

Jobless rate remains even in the county

ORANGE COUNTY’S jobless rate stayed even in December, according to the EDD.

Employment in Orange County stayed even in December, although the jobless rate rose in three of our four local cities.

According to a report issued Friday by the state Employment Development Department, joblessness in the county remained at 2.8 percent last month, the same as November’s figure.

However, unemployment in Garden Grove was up from 3 percent to 3.1 percent, and rose also in Huntington Beach (from 2.7 percent to 2.8 percent) and Stanton (from 3 percent to 3.1 percent). It declined in Westminster, from 3.3 percent in November to 3.2 percent in December.

However, these figures are historically low numbers. Traditionally, “full employment” is considered 4 percent.

Other large (population 100,000 or more) cities in the county came in at:

  • Anaheim: 2.9 percent (compared to 2.9 percent in November)
  • Fullerton: 2.9 percent (2.9 percent)
  • Irvine: 2.7 percent (2.8 percent)
  • Orange: 2.8 percent (2.7 percent)
  • Santa Ana: 2.8 percent (2.7 percent).

City unemployment figures are not actual counts, but estimates based on previous joblessness patterns.

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