The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County held steady at 4.5 percent in July, the same rate as June, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

The July unemployment rate for the county was below the 4.7 percent rate in July 2017.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the July unemployment rate was 3.2 percent, down from 3.3 percent in June.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for California was 4.2 percent in July, the same as June but below the 4.7 percent rate from July 2017. The comparable estimates for the nation were 3.9 percent in July, 4 percent in June and 4.3 percent in July 2017.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment decreased in Los Angeles County by about 47,500 jobs between June and July to reach nearly 4.4 million, thanks largely to schools going on summer break, prompting a 37,500-job drop in the local government education services sector.

About 231,000 people were unemployed in July in Los Angeles County, which has a work force of more than 5.1 million.

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