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July 4, 1989
Orange County's unemployment rate in May remained among the lowest in the state at 3.1%, according to the state Employment Development Department. The jobless rate was slightly lower in April at 3% and slightly higher a year ago, when 3.3% of the working population was unemployed. Total jobs in the county rose slightly to 1.17 million, compared to 1.16 million in April.
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April 14, 2001 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's jobless rate edged up to 4.7% in March, the first unemployment increase in nine months and a strong clue that the U.S. downturn, dot-com failures and electricity troubles have begun undermining the state's economy. The employment report released Friday by state officials reflected a rise in joblessness from 4.5% in February.
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BUSINESS
February 28, 1986 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
In its fourth consecutive monthly drop, Orange County's unemployment rate dipped to 3.7% in January, a one-tenth of a point decline from December. But unlike earlier periods, the drop in January was primarily the result of updated accounting procedures used by the California Employment Development Department, which has begun to base its employment statistics on the 1980 census instead of the 1970 census.
NEWS
March 11, 2000 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California employers bucked the national hiring slowdown in February and added 40,200 workers, reducing the state's jobless rate to a 30-year low of 4.6%. The employment report released by state officials Friday reflects how California's economic recovery continues to catch up with the record national business expansion.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1992 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Orange County's recession is beginning to turn around, as Chapman University economists recently asserted, that glimmer of hope has yet to be reflected in unemployment figures. The May unemployment rate for the county climbed to 5.9% from April's 5.7%, according to the state Employment Development Department. That translates into 80,000 county residents looking for work, an increase of 3,200 from the previous month. May's unemployment level is the county's highest monthly rate since the 5.
NEWS
May 29, 1993 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's unemployment rate fell to 5.5% in April, its lowest level in more than a year, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. The decline from 6.2% in March was partly because of the good weather, economists said. As the summer season approaches, construction and farming pick up. And amusement parks and movie theaters begin hiring for a seasonal surge in business.
BUSINESS
March 25, 1995 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Local schools and home builders added thousands of employees to their payrolls during February, helping to reduce Orange County unemployment to 5.1%, the third-lowest rate in the state. Some of the job increases were seasonal, analysts said. Better weather after January's torrential rains showed up in increased construction employment in the February job tally. Economists said the gains also show that the local economy is prospering despite the county government's $1.
BUSINESS
December 28, 1985 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
Despite a dip in the stated unemployment rate for November, employment in Orange County remained static--the first time in 11 years that November's actual employment count failed to increase from the previous month. Officially, the county's jobless rate dropped to 3.6% in November from 4.3% in October. But that decline of seven-tenths of a percentage point was primarily the result of a statistical adjustment mandated by the state.
BUSINESS
December 21, 1996 | PATRICE APODACA and STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Continuing the trend that has made it the healthiest labor market in Southern California, Orange County saw its unemployment rate fall again in November to 3.5%. That's down from 3.8% in October, and the lowest jobless rate in the county since May 1990. The number of jobs at county businesses, schools and government agencies hit a record 1.196 million last month--up more than 31,000, or 2.7%, from a year earlier.
BUSINESS
October 19, 1996 | STUART SILVERSTEIN and JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Defying a surprise downturn in employment nationally last month, the rebounding California economy added an ample 30,500 jobs in September, government officials reported Friday. The job gain helped nudge the state's unemployment rate down to 7% from a revised 7.1% in August. In Orange County, stronger-than-expected job growth helped to send the local unemployment rate to 4.1%, its lowest level since the beginning of the recession six years ago.
BUSINESS
April 10, 1999 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Employment growth in California remained solid last month, although hiring by companies overall slowed a bit from last year's robust pace, according to government surveys released Friday. Officials said the state's jobless rate rose last month to 5.8%, from 5.6% in February.
BUSINESS
December 21, 1996 | PATRICE APODACA and STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Continuing the trend that has made it the healthiest labor market in Southern California, Orange County saw its unemployment rate fall again in November to 3.5%. That's down from 3.8% in October, and the lowest jobless rate in the county since May 1990. The number of jobs at county businesses, schools and government agencies hit a record 1.196 million last month--up more than 31,000, or 2.7%, from a year earlier.
BUSINESS
October 19, 1996 | STUART SILVERSTEIN and JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Defying a surprise downturn in employment nationally last month, the rebounding California economy added an ample 30,500 jobs in September, government officials reported Friday. The job gain helped nudge the state's unemployment rate down to 7% from a revised 7.1% in August. In Orange County, stronger-than-expected job growth helped to send the local unemployment rate to 4.1%, its lowest level since the beginning of the recession six years ago.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1996 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's economic recovery speeded up last month, with the state gaining an ample 34,100 jobs and the unemployment rate sinking to 7% from a revised 7.2% in July. Orange County's jobless rate fell to 4.2% from 4.5%, despite nonfarm payrolls actually dropping by 800 between July and August. The difference, said Chapman University economist Esmael Adibi, was the tourism industry, which spurred a sizable increase in self-employed workers, such as vendors at beaches and malls.
BUSINESS
March 25, 1995 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Local schools and home builders added thousands of employees to their payrolls during February, helping to reduce Orange County unemployment to 5.1%, the third-lowest rate in the state. Some of the job increases were seasonal, analysts said. Better weather after January's torrential rains showed up in increased construction employment in the February job tally. Economists said the gains also show that the local economy is prospering despite the county government's $1.
NEWS
May 29, 1993 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's unemployment rate fell to 5.5% in April, its lowest level in more than a year, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. The decline from 6.2% in March was partly because of the good weather, economists said. As the summer season approaches, construction and farming pick up. And amusement parks and movie theaters begin hiring for a seasonal surge in business.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1992 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Orange County's recession is beginning to turn around, as Chapman University economists recently asserted, that glimmer of hope has yet to be reflected in unemployment figures. The May unemployment rate for the county climbed to 5.9% from April's 5.7%, according to the state Employment Development Department. That translates into 80,000 county residents looking for work, an increase of 3,200 from the previous month. May's unemployment level is the county's highest monthly rate since the 5.
BUSINESS
February 5, 1992
Although the county's preliminary unemployment rate for 1991 is up significantly from lows in the 3% range during the late 1980s, joblessness during the year did not approach the 7% levels of the last recession. And the county's unemployment rate remains well below the national mark. U.S., '81: 9.7 Orange County, '81: 7.2 U.S., '91: 6.7 Orange County, '91: 4.
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