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Unemployment rate holds steady


The state Employment Development Department (EDD) reports that seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County held steady at 4.5 percent in August, the same rate as July.

The August unemployment rate for the county was down slightly from the 4.6 percent rate in August 2017.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the August unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, down slightly from 3.2 percent in July.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 4.2 percent in August, the same as July but below the 4.6 percent rate from August 2017. The comparable estimates for the nation were 3.9 percent in August, 3.9 percent in July and 4.4 percent in August 2017.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment increased in Los Angeles County by about 23,500 jobs between July and August to reach nearly 4.5 million. The professional and business services sector led the way with a gain of 7,200 jobs.

About 233,000 people were unemployed in August in Los Angeles County, which has a work force of more than 5.1 million.