The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County held firm at 4.5 percent in February, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
That number is unchanged from January, and down from the county’s 4.9 percent figure from one year ago.
The total labor force in Los Angeles County for February was 5,149,800 people, of whom 233,300 were unemployed.
Nine of eleven non-farm industries in the county posted job gains over the last month. The largest was in information, which added 11,700 jobs. Other sectors posting growth included leisure and hospitality (up more than 9,000 jobs), construction (4,100), manufacturing (4,000), educational and health services (3,900), professional and business services (2,400), government (2,000), other services (200) and financial activities (100).
Trade, transportation and utilities jobs declined.
In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the February unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, down slightly from January’s revised figure of 3.2 percent.
The statewide unemployment figure was 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent last month.