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Mixed job picture in Los Angeles County

Posted: August 24, 2010 4:43 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), figures released last week showed California’s July unemployment rate remained unchanged from June, at 12.3 percent. Joblessness in California continues to be higher than the nation, a trend since September 2008. Only two other states rank higher, Nevada with 14.4 percent and Michigan at 13.1 percent. The loss of thousands of Census workers contributed to the job-loss picture.

LAEDC reported a mixed picture in July for California industries. Of 14 major private-sector industries, seven added new employees. Private-sector businesses statewide added 13,700 new employees, up from net hires of 4,500 workers in June. 

The July job gain figure is the highest for any month so far in 2010.

In L.A. County, the top three industries adding to the employment rolls were the information sector with gains made mostly in motion-picture production, followed at some distance by private education, and leisure and hospitality jobs.

Of little surprise, the biggest private-sector job losses were reported by manufacturing, construction and wholesale trade. The government sector shrank by 15,300 jobs, mostly in local schools and city governments.

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