Orange County’s unadjusted unemployment rate fell to 2.6% in April from a revised 2.8% in March and below the 3.4% reported a year earlier, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.
California’s unemployment rate was 3.8%, and the U.S.’s was 3.7%. The most recent April numbers for the county, state and U.S. aren’t seasonally adjusted. Orange County’s record low unemployment rate was 2.2% in December 1999.
Nonfarm OC employment increased 11,100 jobs month-over-month to 1.63 million.
Eight of 11 sectors reported increases. The biggest was a 3,100 job jump in professional and business services, led by temp jobs. Leisure and hospitality added another 3,000 jobs, mostly in food services and drinking places as tourism season kicks off.
The biggest decline was 1,700 in manufacturing, led by a decline in durable goods.
About 17.1 million people were working in California in April, up 39,300 from March and up 356,800 from a year earlier.
Statewide, 10 of 11 industry sectors added jobs month-over-month, led by construction, 10,000, and professional and business services, up 8,500. Manufacturing reported a loss of 1,400 jobs in April.
People receiving unemployment benefits fell from 403,184 in March to 390,362 in April. A year earlier, the number was 388,142.