California News

Southern California Unemployment Hits 3.9%

Orange County Register

In the four counties covered by the Southern California News Group, the combined unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent vs. 4.2 percent in February, the lowest in current database from the state’s Employment Development Department that dates to 1990. The region’s unemployment rate was also at 3.9 percent in December.

Continued hiring by the region’s bosses, although at a slower pace, pushed joblessness lower. The four-county jobless rate was 4.6 percent in March 2017 and averaged 6.5 percent in 2013-2017.

Orange County had the region’s lowest unemployment: 2.8 percent vs. 3.1 percent in February; 3.7 percent in March 2017; and averaged 4.7 percent in 2013-2017. Orange County’s historic low hit 2.2 percent back in December 1999.

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