The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County dipped to 4.6 percent in February, down from 4.7 percent in January, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

February’s unemployment rate was below the February 2018 rate, which was also 4.7 percent, according to the EDD.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the February jobless rate was 3 percent, down from 3.3 percent in January.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 4.2 percent in February, the same as January but down from 4.3 percent in February 2018. The comparable estimates for the nation were 3.8 percent in February, 4 percent in January and 4.1 percent a year ago.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment increased in Los Angeles County by about 33,600 jobs between January and February to reach more than 4.5 million. The professional and business services sector led the way, adding 12,000 jobs.

About 216,300 people were unemployed in February in Los Angeles County, which has a labor force of about 5.1 million.

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