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May 6, 1991 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
This nation's binge of Saddamania is over now, and portraits of the Iraqi president are long gone from Amman's shop windows. But, oh, what a hangover. Two months after the Persian Gulf War, Jordan's pro-Iraqi populace still feels the ache, and will for months to come. Cabdriver Musa Mohammed, telling his American passenger, "George Bush good, Saddam Hussein bad," knows that words alone will not bring relief.
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May 6, 1991 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
This nation's binge of Saddamania is over now, and portraits of the Iraqi president are long gone from Amman's shop windows. But, oh, what a hangover. Two months after the Persian Gulf War, Jordan's pro-Iraqi populace still feels the ache, and will for months to come. Cabdriver Musa Mohammed, telling his American passenger, "George Bush good, Saddam Hussein bad," knows that words alone will not bring relief.
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NATIONAL
July 4, 2007 | T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer
The number of U.S.-paid private contractors in Iraq now exceeds that of American combat troops, newly released figures show, raising fresh questions about the privatization of the war effort and the government's capacity to carry out military and rebuilding campaigns. More than 180,000 civilians -- including Americans, foreigners and Iraqis -- are working in Iraq under U.S. contracts, according to State and Defense department figures obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
BUSINESS
July 31, 1993 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another sign of stubborn economic malaise, Orange County's unemployment rate rose to 6.6% in June from 6.1% a month earlier, according to a report released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. The figures show 90,400 Orange County residents were out of work during June, 6,100 people more than in May. In June, 1992, the jobless rate was 6.7%, when 92,500 people were out of work, the EDD reported.
BUSINESS
January 30, 1993 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Buoyed by holiday retail hiring, Orange County's employment situation improved in December. The jobless rate fell by one percentage point to 6.1% last month, according to figures released Friday. About 85,900 people were out of work in December, about 11,200 fewer than a month earlier, according to the state Employment Development Department. The biggest gains came in the retail industry, which added 2,200 jobs during the month; and wholesale trade, which added 1,900.
BUSINESS
June 11, 1993 | Michael Flagg Times staff writer
Where's the lowest unemployment rate in Orange County? You probably won't be surprised to find that it's in Coto de Caza, the smallish, affluent South County suburb nestled against the mountains. Unemployment there is 0.4% of the 1,600-person work force. The highest of the county's 31 cities? Santa Ana, where a large number of workers are Mexican immigrants in low-wage service and factory jobs. The central county city ran an unemployment rate of 9.
BUSINESS
June 29, 1990 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Propelled by a seasonal influx of job seekers, Orange County's unemployment rate jumped to 3.2% in May from April's 2.9%, the state Employment Development Department reported Thursday. As it has for more than two years, the county's jobless rate remained the lowest in Southern California and third lowest of the state's larger counties, said Eleanor Jordan, EDD labor market analyst. Total unemployment in the county climbed to 44,100 in May, the state estimated, up from 40,900 in April.
BUSINESS
December 24, 1993 | Michael Flagg, Times staff writer
A new forecast shows that job growth will slow in Orange County over much of the rest of the decade. "We're no longer in a fast-growth mode," says Eleanor Jordan, the state labor market analyst who prepared the report. "Our economy is definitely maturing." According to the forecast by the state Employment Development Department, employment will have grown 5.7% between last year and 1998. In actual numbers, that is 64,500 new jobs for a total of nearly 1.2 million.
BUSINESS
May 31, 1991 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fueled in part by the first monthly increase in construction employment since June, 1990, Orange County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.6% in April, from March's 4.8%. The construction increase that added 1,100 jobs to area payrolls can probably be traced to increased hiring for some existing projects by several builders, said Christine Reed, executive director of the county Building Industry Assn. Since April, 1990, the total number of construction jobs in the county has shrunk 15.
BUSINESS
June 26, 1991 | JAMES FLANIGAN
Jordan's small size--its population is perhaps 3.4 million--belies its importance in the geopolitics of the Middle East. That became clear during the Gulf War when King Hussein angered many Americans and a lot of other people by remaining neutral. Jordan observed United Nations sanctions against Iraq--its main trading partner--but did not join the coalition forces in the Gulf. Members of the U.S.
NEWS
January 1, 1993 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven thousand people in Orange County joined the ranks of the jobless in November as unemployment hit 7%, the highest level in more than nine years. Across the county, 97,000 people were estimated to be out of work in November. That was up from 59,000 a year earlier, when the unemployment rate was 5.3%. The statewide unemployment rate also hit its highest level in nine years--10.1%. Across the nation, on the other hand, unemployment dropped to 7.
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