Getting a job in Orange County is looking like a more promising proposition by the month, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.
The county added 8,700 jobs between May and June, increasing nonfarm payrolls from 1,392,600 to 1,401,300.
While the percentage of unemployed workers grew 0.4 percent from the revised 7.5 percent for May, it reflects an increase in the number of job seekers rather than laid off workers—a typical summer trend. Unemployment rates for the county are not adjusted for seasonal changes.
Leisure and hospitality saw the largest growth over the month with the addition of 4,700 jobs, boosted by positions in accommodation and food services as firms bumped up payrolls for the summer tourism season, according to the EDD.
Construction also posted positive numbers, with 3,400 more jobs than the previous month. The specialty trade contractors sector led the way with nearly 70 percent of the growth, EDD data show.
Summer vacation for teachers was reflected in an overall decline of 2,400 in government jobs. Of California's 58 counties, Orange County ties Santa Barbara as the county with the fifth-lowest unemployment.
There are only four California counties with fewer job seekers than O.C. They are San Francisco and Napa (7.8 percent), San Mateo (7.1 percent) and Marin, with an enviable 6.6 percent.
California’s unemployment rate decreased a tenth of a percent to 10.7 percent in June, according to the EDD. The agency reported that its estimates show nonfarm payroll jobs increasing by 38,300 in June for a total gain of 475,300 jobs since the recovery began in September 2009.
The U.S. unemployment rate, adjusted for seasonal changes, was unchanged in June at 8.2 percent. The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,500 California households.