Los Angeles County unemployment rate ticks down to 8.9 percent

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Los Angeles County's unemployment rate ticked down from 9 percent in January to 8.9 percent in February, with a seasonally adjusted rate going from 8.9 to 8.7 percent, while California's unemployment rate continues its steady decline, reaching 8 percent in February.

The California jobless figure reported Friday was down slightly from the month before but remains above the national average of 6.7 percent. California's 7.9 percent unemployment rate in September 2008 was the last time it was below 8 percent.

The state Employment Development Department also reported that 27,700 nonfarm jobs were added in L.A. County in February out of almost 59,000 nonfarm jobs added statewide. More than a third of L.A. County's jobs increase was in health care and education.

Retail trade, transportation and utilities were responsible for the jobs lost in February, while manufacturing posted the largest year-over-year decrease.

L.A. County's unemployed went down by 50,600 out of a 4.9 million large labor force. California has 1.5 million unemployed residents, shrinking by about 245,000 from the same period a year ago. Unemployment numbers do not include people who stopped looking for work.

The numbers come from separate surveys of employers and households.

Read the Los Angeles County unemployment figures below:

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