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Unemployment Dips in LA County; Diamond Bar and Walnut Below County Rate

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.

Diamond Bar's rate is 6.2 percent and Walnut's 4.2 percent, both significantly below the county's, according to state labor data. 

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.

--City News Service

--Local Editor Melanie C. Johnson contributed to this report.

Concerned Parent January 27, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Not sure I believe those data from our EDD. We are blessed to live in healthy and wealthy neighborhoods, but stepping outside does not look good.
Vito Spago January 27, 2014 at 12:10 PM
When you give up and quit looking or enough time goes buy that you lose your benefits you are not counted as looking anymore. Unemployment is the percentage of those looking for employment to employed plus looking times some seasonal funny factor. Most folks do not know this so they think things are better for everyone but them.

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