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The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County was up slightly at 4.5 percent in July, compared with the 4.4 percent rate in June, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The 4.5 percent rate was well below the 5.2 percent rate from July 2016.

Civilian employment in the county rose by about 1,000 to 4.89 million in July, while the  number of unemployed jumped by about 5,000 to 231,000.

The overall civilian labor force increased by 6,000 in July to just above 5.12 million.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, up from 3.8 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 4.8 percent in July, a tick higher from the 4.7 percent in June, but below the 5.4 percent rate in July 2016.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment decreased in Los Angeles County by about 40,800 jobs between June and July to just above 4.4 million. The education and health services sectors posted the largest decline, dropping 14,500 jobs.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.8 percent in July, compared with 4.7 in June.

–City News Service

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