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A job seeker goes through a folder before meeting with recruiters. The Los Angeles area is moving closer to having a single-digit unemployment rate.
The Labor Department has released its August jobs report for what it calls "metropolitan areas," and the news for Los Angeles is good: In August, the unemployment rate fell to 10.3 percent from July's 10.9 percent. Year-over-year, the drop is substantial, down more than a full percentage point from August 2011.
The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area added 103,000 new jobs, a notable improvement over July's 86,300. Only the New York-New Jersey area did better, with 117,900 jobs added on an over-the-year basis.
Other parts of the state are not faring as well.
El Centro continues to have a scary-high unemployment rate, nearly 30 percent. For the metro areas that the Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks in California, only ten have unemployment rates in single digits — and nowhere is the rate lower than 7 percent.
The Riverside-San Bernardino area notched the highest unemployment rate of cities with populations of one-million or more: 12.3 percent, a tie with the hard-hit Las Vegas area.
Overall the jobs story in California is mixed. But in L.A., the trend continues to be positive.