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O.C. Unemployment Down to 7.7 Percent

Summer vacation decreased government payrolls countywide between July and August.

The unemployment rate in Orange County dipped to 7.7 percent in August, down from a revised 7.9 percent in July, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

Payrolls in O.C. decreased by 5,200 jobs, almost entirely the result of a decline in government jobs due to summer, according to the EDD.

A total of 1,388,100 people were employed in Orange County in August, out of a labor force of about 1.6 million, the labor report stated.

Professional and business services reported the largest employment increase in August with the addition of 2,100 jobs overall. Of the growth 80 percent was in administrative and support services, which includes temporary help firms.

Since August 2011, Orange County has gained 29,000 jobs.

In California, the jobless rate for August was 10.4 percent; nationally, 8.2 percent during the same period.

Anon September 22, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Is it because they all had to move away?
Dick Hurtzz September 22, 2012 at 09:01 PM
They get their employment, or unemployment numbers by how many people are collecting unemployment benefits. If your unemployment benefits have been exhausted, and you are unable to collect unemployment benefits, and you are still with out a job, they count that as people that are not collecting unemployment benefits. And they decide that more people must have a job. Can people be this dumb to believe that more jobs are available for people ???? Its the dumbest thing I ever heard of. What is wrong with people???
Popeye September 23, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I guess your math is wrong and you been fed a bunch of retard kool aid. This is the same formula in calculating unemployment since they started. Since you do not support this president your sources thought about making crap up.
MFriedrich September 23, 2012 at 10:55 PM
The source is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can disagree with the statistical method, but not that both Republicans and Democrats use it, because they do. How about close the divide a little bit here people, shall we? Otherwise I see us dangerously close to start silly comment strings about Republican Algebra and Democrat Calculus. For what it's worth, 7.7% is still incredibly high. I don't think anyone is doing a victory dance in the end zone right now, except maybe Obama's opponents...at least so it would seem.
tiny September 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM
A big problem is it doesn't take into account what type of employment. So a scientist, engineer or NASA employee is counted the same as a nail parlor worker, hair stylist or restaurant worker. And it's obvious which direction we've been headed the last decades.
Charles September 24, 2012 at 01:32 AM
While the county as a whole is 7.7%, some communities fare much better: Foothill Ranch CDP 2.5% Coto de Caza CDP 3.3% Las Flores CDP 3.7% Aliso Viejo CDP 4.0% Los Alamitos city 4.2% Portola Hills CDP 4.2% Villa Park city 4.4% Rossmoor CDP 4.7% Newport Beach city 4.8% Rancho Santa Margarita city 4.9% Tustin Foothills CDP 4.9%
bbq September 24, 2012 at 02:19 AM
How do they count those that are no longer receiving unemployment, though? I would not be at all surprised if we learned that the REAL unemployment percentage is about 25.
MV Winelover September 24, 2012 at 09:52 PM
It's too bad that people have to get so defensive and start calling each other names just because they have a difference of opinion.
Sarah de Crescenzo (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 01:26 AM
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment percentage includes people no longer receiving benefits, too. The overall unemployment rate takes into account a number of factors, so it's not equivalent to the percentage of people receiving unemployment.
Sarah de Crescenzo (Editor) September 25, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Charles, we don't include city/CDP-level data when reporting on the county's unemployment rate because the percentages are just extrapolations using the population/employment estimates from the last Census. Since populations change—and the Census occurs only once a decade—it's unlikely those estimates are accurate.
Yeparoo September 25, 2012 at 03:42 AM
@ Sarah - Maybe you should check with the OC Business Journal: "Jobs, Unemployment Rate Both Fell Slightly in August." Jan Yu has the 411 on the jobs picture. 5,200 fewer jobs in August. 12,700 fewer jobs in July. We can all do the Cat Dance over the U3 unemployment rate, but the U6 or LFPR are more meaningful measures. Maybe a more complete explanation is in order??? http://www.ocbj.com/news/2012/sep/21/jobs-unemployment-rate-both-fell-slightly-august/

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