January 30, 1993 |
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.
June 11, 1993 |
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.
June 29, 1990 |
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.
July 4, 2007 |
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.
December 24, 1993 |
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.
May 31, 1991 |
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.