L.A. County unemployment rate falls to 8.2 percent

June 20, 2014

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County decreased to 8.2 percent in May, down from a revised 8.3 percent in April, the state Employment Development Department reported today.

The 8.2 percent rate was below the 10 percent rate from May 2013.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 7.6 percent in May, down from 7.4 percent in April and below the 9 percent rate in May 2013. The comparable estimates for the nation were 6.3 percent in May, 6.3 percent in April and 7.5 percent a year ago.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment increased in Los Angeles County by 2,400 jobs between April and May to reach nearly 4.2 million.

The leisure and hospitality sector accounted for the bulk of the increase, gaining 7,900 jobs.