California's jobless rate posts small increase; LA County unemployment down

California's unemployment rate remained fairly steady last month, creeping up one-tenth of a
percentage point in August to 12.4 percent.

The state Employment Development Department said today the jobless rate grew from 12.3 percent in June and July. The rate is slightly higher than in August 2009, when the rate was 12 percent.

More than 2.26 million people are unemployed in California. That's up 11,000 over the month and an increase of 81,000 compared to August 2009. The state's jobless rate exceeds the nation's 9.6 percent unemployment.

The Southland fared better than the state. Los Angeles County's unemployment decreased from 13.4 percent in July to 13.0 percent in August. Orange County's unemployment went from 9.8 to 9.6 percent. San Bernardino's unemployment rate dropped over half a percent, from 14.8 percent in July to 14.2 percent in August. Riverside County held steady with 15.3 percent unemployment.

L.A. County still has over half a million without jobs, and Orange County has more people out of work than in either San Bernardino or Riverside counties.

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