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Unemployment rate steady at 4 percent


The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County held steady at 4.4 percent in June, compared to the previous month, the state Employment Development Department reported this week.

The 4.4 percent rate was well below the 5.2 percent rate from June 2016.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, up from 3.2 percent in May.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 4.7 percentin June, the same as May but below the 5.5 percent rate in June 2016. The comparable estimates for the nation were 4.4 percent in June, 4.3 percent in May and 4.9 percent a year ago.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment declined in Los Angeles County by 1,500 jobs between May and June to reach more than 4.4 million. The education and health services sectors posted the largest decline, dropping14,500 jobs.

About 225,000 people were unemployed in June in Los Angeles County, which has a workforce of about 5.1 million.