Orange County’s unadjusted unemployment rate rose to 3.3% in June, up from a revised 2.6% in May and down from 3.7% a year ago, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.
California’s unemployment rate was 4.5% and the U.S. rate 4.2%. The most recent June 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 by 2,400 jobs month-over-month to 1.64 million.
Six of 11 sectors reported increases. The biggest was in professional and business services, which climbed 1,700, mostly as the result of administrative services that include temporary-help firms. Other sectors reporting increases were leisure and hospitality, up 1,400 jobs, and construction, up 900.
The biggest decline was in educational and health services, down 1,800 jobs. The financial activities sector was down 700 jobs.
About 17.1 million people were working in California in June, up 800 in May and up 269,100 year-over-year.
Statewide, four of 11 industry sectors added jobs month-over-month, led by educational and health services, up 8,000 jobs, followed by information, up 4,600. Leisure and hospitality reported the largest decrease with a loss of 4,000 jobs, followed by construction, down 2,900 jobs.
People receiving unemployment benefits fell from 337,974 in May to 303,592 in June. A year earlier, the number was 330,417.