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June 2018 Metrics

Overview:
  • The Orange County unemployment rate dropped from a revised rate of 2.6% in April 2018 to 2.6% in May 2018, remaining unchanged over the past month and 0.6 percentage points below the May 2017 unemployment rate. At the state level, the unemployment decreased from 3.8% to 3.7% over the past month and decreased by 0.7% compared to May 2017. The national unemployment rate was 3.6% in May 2018, representing a decrease of 0.1% over the month and a decrease of 0.5% compared to May 2017. This makes Orange County’s unemployment rate 1.1 percentage points below the state rate and 1.0 percentage points below the national rate.
  • The total labor force participants in Orange County decreased during May 2018 by 3,600 individuals to a total of 1,599 million participants. Looking at overall employment, Orange County’s total employment decreased by 2,700 over the month yet increased by 2,200 compared to May 2017’s total employment levels. The total number of unemployed individuals decreased by 900 over the past month and dropped by 10,500 compared to a year ago.
  • The California Employment Indicator Index decreased by 0.5 points from a revised reading of 107.2 in the second quarter of 2016 to 106.7 in the third quarter of 2016.
  • Over the past month, the industries with the largest employment increases included Government which added 1,400 jobs followed by Trade, Transportation and Utilities which added 900 jobs and Leisure and Hospitality which added 700 jobs. The largest job losses over the past month occurred in Financial Activities which lost 1,600 jobs, Construction which lost 1,400 jobs and Other Services which lost 900 jobs over the same time period. Looking over the past year, the largest job gains were created in Educational and Health Services which added 9,000 jobs, followed by Professional and Business Services which added 8,900 jobs and Leisure and Hospitality which added 3,000 jobs. The industries which lost the most jobs over the past year included Manufacturing which shed 3,100 jobs, Financial Activities which lost 1,200 jobs and Trade, Transportation and Utilities which lost 1,100 jobs.

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Orange County, California and U.S. Unemployment Rate Trends
Three-Year Trend in Orange County, California  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD line: (714) 834-7163

This indicator measures the unemployment rate for Orange County, California and the United States from January 2007 onward.

Sources: California Employment Development Department; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Unemployment Rate by County Comparisons
May 2017, April 2018 and May 2018

California Employment Indicator Index: Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD line: (714) 834-7163

The full details of Orange County’s unemployment, employment, and labor force totals are demonstrated in the table below, showing changes since the previous month and since the previous year. The unemployment rate is singled out and compared to other counties and regions.

Source: California Employment Development Department



California Employment Indicator Index
California Employment Indicator Index: Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD line: (714) 834-7163

This chart measures Chapman University’s Employment Index Indicator Index. This indicator is comprised of variables found to have a significant influence on California’s payroll employment growth. These variables include movements in the lagged values of real GDP, real exports, the S&P 500 and the State’s total construction spending. A weighted average of changes in these variables, based on their relative importance in explaining State employment growth, is used in constructing the index.

Source: Chapman University



Orange County Monthly Industry Trends, 2010-2018
Orange County Industry Trends by Month: Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD line: (714) 834-7163

This Orange County Industry Trends indicator measures monthly changes for specific industries, showing immediate and recent trends in employment by industry for Orange County.

Source: California Employment Development Department



Orange County Industry Employment Comparisons
Orange County Industry Trends by Month: Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD line: (714) 834-7163

This indicator breaks down Orange County’s employment by industry for the current month, comparing changes in employment levels since the previous month and the previous year.

Source: California Employment Development Department



California Employment Indicator Index and Payroll Employment
California Employment Indicator Index and Payroll Employment : Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD line: (714) 834-7163

Created by Chapman University, this indicator shows the Employment Indicator Index’s relationship with payroll employment as a year over year percentage change. Understanding how the Employment Indicator Index is related to year over year payroll employment change demonstrates how adjustments in the Employment Indicator Index predict upcoming trends in payroll employment.

Source: Chapman University




Orange County Annual Industry Trends, 1990-2017
Orange County Industry Trends 1990-2009: Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD line: (714) 834-7163

This Orange County Industry Trends indicator measures annual changes for industries, showing the big-picture trends in employment by industry for Orange County.

Source: California Employment Development Department



Orange County Population Trends
Orange County Population Trends: Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD line: (714) 834-7163

This indicator measures current population growth relative to Orange County and California by year. Orange County tends to show slower population growth rates than the state as a whole.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



Online Help-Wanted Ads Posted by Employers
Orange County Population Trends: Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD line: (714) 834-7163

This measures the number of help wanted advertisements posted online by Orange County employers, measured by the Employment Development Department.

Source: California Employment Development Department, Help Wanted Online from The Conference Board and WANTED Technologies



Temporary Employment: ASA Staffing Index

Orange County Population Trends: Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD line: (714) 834-7163

The ASA Staffing Index monitors weekly changes in temporary and contract employment for the United States. Surveys are modeled after the quarterly ASA Staffing Employment and Sales Survey, and give an indication of fluctuations in temporary employment since June 2006.

Source: American Staffing Association



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