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Orange County added 5,100 jobs in March, bringing the unemployment rate down to 6.3% from the month-earlier reading of 6.6%.

The March jobless rate here compares with California's 9.4% and 7.6% nationwide.

Orange County now has 1,417,800 jobs, a 2.4% increase year over year, according to the state Employment Development Department.

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All but one business sector reported increases or no changes in job numbers in March.

Financial activities lost 200 jobs, for a total of 112,600. The cuts came from real estate, rental and leasing. The sector has grown at a faster clip than any other sector here over the past year, at 5.8%, to a total of 112,600 jobs now.

Construction posted the biggest increase in March, adding 1,600 jobs. The sector now has 72,400 jobs, which is about a 5.2% growth over the past year.

Leisure and hospitality jobs grew by 800 last month, for a total of 181,500. Job losses in limited-serving eating places were offset by gains in most other categories, such as amusement, gambling and recreation. The sector overall has grown in the past year at a rate of about 3.7%.

Professional and business services reported an increase of 700 jobs in March, with gains coming from employment services and legal services. The sector has 258,800 jobs now, up 3.2% over the past year. It's the largest among OC's business sectors, accounting for about 18% of the overall work force here.

Trade, transportation and utilities also gained 700 jobs last month. The sector is the second-largest sector here with 244,100 jobs. The sector's growth year-over-year growth has been slower than most industries, marking a less-than-1% rate.

Government jobs increased by 500 in March. The sector counts 151,500 jobs now, slightly below the year-ago total.