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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County dropped to 6.5 percent in September, down from a revised 6.9 percent the previous month, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The 6.5 percent rate was well below the 8.1 percent rate from September 2014.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 4 percent, down from 4.5 percent in August.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 5.9 percent in September, down from 6.1 percent in August and below the 7.3 percent rate in September 2014. The comparable estimates for the nation were 5.1 percent in September, 5.1 percent in August and 5.9 percent a year ago.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment increased in Los Angeles County by 39,900 jobs between August and September to reach more than 4.3 million. The government sector showed the largest month-over-month gain, adding 17,100 jobs.

About 326,000 people were unemployed in September in Los Angeles County, which has a workforce of about 5 million.

—City News Service

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