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February 8, 1992 | TED JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Unemployment is more than statistics to Betsy Barta. She lost her photographer's job two weeks ago, may soon have to sell her car and her Laguna Hills home and believes that, at 50, her job prospects are dimming. Still, as she stood in line to file for unemployment benefits Friday, she managed a laugh. "It's so bad it's funny," said Barta, a photographer at a local coin dealership for five years until she and about a dozen others were laid off.
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August 11, 2001 | LISA GIRION, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California's unemployment rate dipped last month to 4.9% from 5.1% in June, but the improvement came because 31,000 workers dropped out of the labor force, not because of job growth. Government reports released Friday showed California's payrolls shrank by 7,100 jobs in July, almost wiping out the gains posted in June and prompting renewed speculation that the state may be sliding toward a recession. "This paints a picture of an economy that's flirting with recession," said Ross C.
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May 12, 2001 | STUART SILVERSTEIN and LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
California's unemployment rate edged up to 4.8% in April, marking the first time in six years that joblessness statewide climbed two consecutive months and providing strong evidence of a cooling economy. In March, unemployment in California was 4.7%. Figures released Friday by state officials also showed rising unemployment in Los Angeles County, with the jobless level climbing to 5.1% in April from a revised 4.9% the month before. Orange County's unemployment rate also inched up to 2.5% from 2.
BUSINESS
August 20, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though a summer wave of recent college and high school graduates pushed Orange County's jobless rate up to 6.6% for July, economists said the increase masked continued strength in three key sectors of the local economy. Unemployment in the county rose by nearly a full percentage point from 5.8% for June as the Class of '94 began its job search. But the increase "is what economists like to call an anomaly in the data," said Anil Puri, head of the economics department at Cal State Fullerton.
BUSINESS
May 25, 1994 | GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a slight rise reported Tuesday in Orange County's unemployment rate, economists counseled cautious optimism. The increased unemployment rate does not darken the "slight but improving picture" that began to develop earlier this year, said Anil Puri, a Cal State Fullerton economics professor. "We're moving in the right direction," Puri said. "I think that increase will continue through the rest of the year."
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 24, 1998 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's economy concluded a spectacular year in appropriate fashion, with December's unemployment rate falling to an eight-year low of 2.5%, as 5,600 new jobs were created. Fueled by growth in services and manufacturing, the county's surging labor market surprised even the most bullish forecasters this year. "If you had told me that Orange County's unemployment rate would be 2.
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May 18, 1996 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's jobless rate sank in April for the fourth straight month, hitting a five-year low of 4.1%, as tourism-related industries and construction companies posted solid gains. The state's report Friday also showed Orange County is on the cusp of having regained all of the 50,000-plus jobs lost during the recession.
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November 22, 1994 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's jobless rate plunged in October to 5.1%, the lowest level in nearly three years and down sharply from 7% a year ago, the state's Employment Development Department reported Monday. Buoyed by gains in the services sector, the county's economy added 4,800 payroll jobs last month from September, when the jobless rate was 6%. The news prompted analysts to declare that the local economy has finally shaken off its long slump.
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February 24, 2001 | STUART SILVERSTEIN and LESLIE EARNEST, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
California's unemployment rate dipped to its lowest level in more than three decades last month, an apparent show of economic strength that defied the nation's slowdown and the state's energy crunch. The jobless level fell to 4.5% in January, down from a revised 4.7% in December. Officials also announced Friday that California gained more than half a million jobs in 2000, the best yearlong performance since 1978, according to the state's annual reassessment of employment figures.
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February 12, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For some Orange County aid recipients who have not found jobs, the next phase of welfare reform is going to force them into the kitchen for lessons in rolling sushi, barbecuing turkey and wood-grilling pizza. State law requires jobless welfare recipients to begin mandatory public-service work in March. County officials have set up a variety of job-training programs for these people, ranging from working in computer labs to test kitchens.
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January 13, 2001 | LESLIE EARNEST and STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County's jobless rate fell to a historic low of 2% last month, state officials said Friday, providing strong evidence the local labor market remains vigorous despite an emerging economic slowdown. "That's a real record for us, going back all the way to the 1940s," said Ann Marshall, the Employment Development Department's labor market analyst in Orange County. "The size of our labor force has peaked," she added, referring to the more than 1.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2000 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Highlighting the region's comeback from economic collapse in the early 1990s, Los Angeles County's unemployment rate dropped sharply in November while the jobless rate in Orange County matched an all-time low, , state officials said Friday. In Orange County, the economic powerhouse of Southern California, joblessness dropped to 2.2% from 2.4% in October, equaling the record low of last December.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2000 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defying a downshift in the national economy, California gained 51,500 private-sector jobs in June, the biggest monthly increase in nearly two years. The strong private-sector growth, much of it in Los Angeles County, raised hopes among many analysts that California's expansion will maintain momentum even if the national economy continues slowing. At the same time, the employment report released Friday by state officials contained some downbeat news: The California jobless rate rose to 5.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2000 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Signaling that California's robust economic expansion may be losing a little steam, the state's unemployment rate edged back up to 5% in May, from 4.8% in April. Analysts said the report released Friday suggests that the interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve, which apparently are subduing the national economy, are beginning to be felt in California too. But the report, from the state Employment Development Department, showed little evidence of a slowdown in Orange County.
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July 25, 1995 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bolstered by gains in manufacturing, construction and services, Orange County's jobless rate for June dropped slightly from the previous month--5.9% to 5.5%--in the first summertime unemployment decline since 1988. County economists were heartened by news that the long-suffering manufacturing industry added 2,200 jobs last month.
BUSINESS
December 17, 1994 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's unemployment rate for November fell to 4.8%, the lowest level for the key economic indicator since December, 1991, and substantially below the statewide average. Much of the improvement since October, when the county's jobless rate was 5.1%, came from seasonal hiring as retailers geared up for holiday shopping.
NEWS
May 13, 2000 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California posted its biggest jobs gain in more than two years last month, pushing unemployment back down to 4.8% and reducing joblessness in the Latino work force to another record low. State officials reported Friday that California added 64,400 jobs in April. It was the latest demonstration of how the labor market here is catching up with tight-labor conditions in the rest of the country. In Orange County, one of the state's economic powerhouses, the jobless rate dipped to 2.
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.
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