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There was good news on the employment front in Los Angeles County as the seasonally adjusted rate was 5 percent in September, a significant drop from a year ago, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The 5 percent of unemployed workers was considerably reduced from the same period in 2015 when 6.2 percent of the county’s workforce was out of work.

This year’s 5 percent number for September was almost the same as the month before, when the August rate was 4.9 percent.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, down from 4.4 percent in August.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 5.5 percent in September, the same rate as August but below the 6 percent rate in September 2015. The comparable estimates for the nation were 5 percent in September, 4.9 percent in August and 5.1 percent a year ago.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment increased in Los Angeles County by 19,400 jobs between July and August to reach more than 4.3 million. The government sector posted the largest month-over-month gain, adding 21,000 jobs.

About 257,000 people were unemployed in August in Los Angeles County, which has a workforce of about 5.1 million.

—City News Service

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