April 10, 1999 |
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.
December 21, 1996 |
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.
October 19, 1996 |
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.
September 21, 1996 |
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.
March 25, 1995 |
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.
May 29, 1993 |
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.