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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County was 5.1 percent in April, down from a revised 5.4 percent in March, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The 5.1 percent rate was well below the 7.2 percent rate from April 2015.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, down slightly from 4 percent in March.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 5.3 percent in April, down from 5.4 percent in March and below the 6.5 percent rate in April 2015. The comparable estimates for the nation were 5 percent in April, 5 percent in March and 5.4 percent a year ago.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment increased in Los Angeles County by 15,900 jobs between March and April to reach nearly 4.4 million. The professional and business services sector posted the largest gain, adding 4,300 jobs.

About 259,000 people were unemployed in April in Los Angeles County, which has a workforce of about 5 million.

—City News Service

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