L.A. County unemployment drops to 10.2 percent

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County declined to 10.2 percent in March, down from a revised 10.3 percent in February, the state Employment Development Department announced today.

The 10.2 percent unemployment rate was below the 11.2 percent rate in March 2012, according to the EDD.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 6.3 percent, down from 6.5 percent in February.

California’s jobless rate was 9.4 percent in March, down from February, when the rate was 9.6 percent, and from March of 2012, when it was 10.7 percent, according to the EDD.

The comparable estimates for the nation were 7.6 percent in March, 7.7 percent in February and 8.2 percent a year ago.

Total nonfarm employment increased by 23,700 jobs in Los Angeles County between February and March, to reach more than 3.9 million. The information industry posted the largest month-over gain, adding 9,900 jobs, according to the EDD.

A total of 501,000 people were unemployed in March in Los Angeles County, which has a labor force of more than 4.9 million.

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