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Unemployment Dips in L.A. County; West Hollywood Below County Rate

The city's numbers are looking good.

By City News Service

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County decreased to 9.2 percent in December, down from a revised 9.5 percent in November, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.

The 9.2 percent unemployment rate was below the 10.3 percent rate in December 2012, according to the EDD.

West Hollywood's unemployment rate was at 7.4 percent, significantly below the county's. 

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, down from 5.6 percent in November.

California's jobless rate was 8.3 percent in December, down from 8.5 percent in November and below the 9.8 percent rate in December 2012, according to the EDD.

The comparable estimates for the nation were 6.7 percent in December, 7 percent in November and 7.8 percent a year ago.

Total nonfarm employment increased by 1,400 jobs in Los Angeles County between November and December to reach nearly 4 million. The trade, transportation and utilities sector accounted for the bulk of the increase, adding 4,900 jobs, while the information sector dropped 3,700 jobs, according to the EDD.

A total of 458,000 people were unemployed in December in Los Angeles County, which has a labor force of nearly 5 million. Statewide, 1.5 million people were unemployed, down slightly from November.

George January 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM
These are not accurate facts. More people then ever are on welfare. The unemployment figures might look encouraging at at a glance but the truth is people have just given up looking for work. They have dropped off the radar and gone onto the welfare/food stamp/section8 programs. They earn $$$ in other ways that's under the table. West Hollywood gays make money by turning to drug dealing and soliciting sex within the gay classifieds as well as the different gay websites.
Leandro M Pucci January 28, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Keep on drinking the kool-aid. These "numbers" don't count people out of EDD active database. The majority of jobs are PT and underpaid. An economy does not get better on low income and part time jobs.

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