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OC Unemployment Drops to 3.7% in April

2,400 jobs added, led by health services

Orange County’s unemployment rate fell to 3.7% in April, down from a revised 3.9% in March and above the 2.9% rate seen in April last year, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.

The state’s unemployment rate was 4.8% in April while the U.S.’s was 3.5%.

Nonfarm OC employment increased by 2,400 jobs from March to April when 1.7 million people were employed.

Six of the 11 industry sectors saw job increases.

Leading the job increase was the private education and health services, with 2,400 jobs, mostly in health care and social assistance.

Three sectors reported declines, led by construction, down 1,400 jobs.

About 18 million people worked in California in April, an increase of 5,200 nonfarm payroll jobs from March and up about 206,500 jobs from a year earlier.

Five of the 11 industry sectors added jobs month-over-month, led by private education and health services, up 11,900.

People receiving unemployment benefits fell 34,717 to 411,413.

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Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan has been a journalist for 40 years. He spent a decade in Latin America covering wars, narcotic traffickers, earthquakes, and business. His resume includes 15 years at Bloomberg News where his headlines and articles sometimes moved the market caps of companies he covered by hundreds of millions of dollars. His articles have been published worldwide, including the New York Times and the Washington Post; he's appeared on CNN, CBC, BBC, and Bloomberg TV. He was awarded a Kiplinger Fellowship at The Ohio State University.
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