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LAEDC: Employment will improve in L.A. County next year



Work continues after the world record 18-hour concrete pour finishes on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the site of the future Wilshire Grand tower.
Work continues after the world record 18-hour concrete pour finishes on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the site of the future Wilshire Grand tower.
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The number of jobs in Los Angeles County next year will reach levels not seen since before the Great Recession began, according to a new economic forecast from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.

The LAEDC said non-farm jobs will increase 1.6 percent this year, totaling more than 4 million by 2015. The last time that level was reached was in 2008.

"We're seeing the job gains chip away at the job losses that we experienced during the Great Recession," said LAEDC Chief Economist Robert Kleinhenz. "There's a lot of good to expect in the year to come."

Kleinhenz said job growth in L.A. County is happening in sectors including leisure and hospitality; professional, scientific and technical services;  healthcare and social assistance; and construction. Those areas represented more than 73 percent of the job growth last year, the LAEDC said.

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The LAEDC's 2014-2015 forecast covered the economic health of the country, state and region. 

While there have been significant job gains, by the end of last year, California had only recovered about 70 percent of the jobs it lost during the recession, LAEDC said in the forecast.