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Unemployment in LA County Decreases Incrementally

Los Angeles County numbers appear to parallel Orange County numbers.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County decreased to 9.2 percent in December, down from a revised 9.5 percent in November, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.

The 9.2 percent unemployment rate was below the 10.3 percent rate in December 2012, according to the EDD.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, down from 5.6 percent in November.

California's jobless rate was 8.3 percent in December, down from 8.5 percent in November and below the 9.8 percent rate in December 2012, according to the EDD.

The comparable estimates for the nation were 6.7 percent in December, 7 percent in November and 7.8 percent a year ago.

Total nonfarm employment increased by 1,400 jobs in Los Angeles County between November and December to reach nearly 4 million. The trade, transportation and utilities sector accounted for the bulk of the increase, adding 4,900 jobs, while the information sector dropped 3,700 jobs, according to the EDD.

A total of 458,000 people were unemployed in December in Los Angeles County, which has a labor force of nearly 5 million. Statewide, 1.5 million people were unemployed, down slightly from November.

- City News Service

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