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April 2016 Metrics

Overview:
  • In March 2016, the Orange County unemployment rate remained unchanged from the previous months’ reading at 4.0 percent. Statewide unemployment was 5.6 percent in March 2016, which is 0.1 percentage points lower than the previous month and 1.1 percentage points lower year-over-year. The national unemployment was 5.1 percent in March 2016, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points compared to the previous month and 0.5 percentage points lower than in March 2015. This makes Orange County’s unemployment rate 1.6 points below the state rate and 1.1 points below the national rate.
  • The total labor force participants in Orange County increased during March 2016 by 200 individuals to a total of 1.607 million participants. Year-over-year improvements have been modest, with 24,000 more total employed and 9,700 less unemployed than in the previous March.
  • The California Employment Indicator Index decreased by 3.8 points from a revised reading of 113.3 in the fourth quarter of 2015 to 109.5 in the first quarter of 2016. While job growth is expected to be positive, it will be at a slower pace than experienced during the fourth quarter of 2015 which was reported to be around 2.8 percent.
  • The largest industry employment gains between February 2016 and March 2016 occurred in Professional and Business Services (4,300 new hires), Educational and Health Services (2,900 new hires), and Leisure and Hospitality (900 new hires). During the same time period, Financial Activities shrunk by 300 jobs and Other Services shrunk by 100 jobs. Since March 2015, the greatest job gains stem from Construction with 11,900 new hires, Professional and Business Services with 9,400 new hires and Educational and Health Services with 8,900 new hires; representing 13.8 percent, 3.3 percent and 4.5 percent annual growth, respectively.
  • In 2012, California’s population growth relative to the year 2000 recovered from the growth rate dip in 2008. As of 2013, Orange County has now done the same. Orange County’s relative population growth increased to 10.5 percent for 2014 compared to 9.4 percent for 2013, while the state’s growth in 2014 was 14.6 percent.
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Orange County, California and US Unemployment
Rates, 2008-2016

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 over the since January 2007.

Source: Source: California Employment Development Department
http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/
http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/lfmonth/oran$pds.pdf

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm


Orange County Labor Force and Unemployment Comparisons
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 detailed 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: Chapman University



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 indicator measures Chapman University’s Employment Index Indicator Index. The California Index of Leading Employment 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 Industry Trends by Month 2010 - 2016
Orange County Industry Trends by Month: Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD line: (714) 834-7163

The Orange County Industry Trends indicator measuring monthly changes for industries shows the more immediate and recent trends in industry employment for Orange County.

Source: California Employment Development Department
http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/indhist/oran$hws.xls




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

This indicator shows the Employment Indicator Index’s relationship with Payroll Employment 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 predicts upcoming trends in Payroll Employment.

Source: Chapman University
http://www.chapman.edu/images/userImages/cwilliam/Page_4388/CAEmploymentIndicator_2010Q1.pdf




Orange County Annual Industry Trends 1990-2015
Orange County Industry Trends 1990-2009: Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD line: (714) 834-7163

The Orange County Industry Trends indicator measuring annual changes for industries shows the big-picture long-term trends in industry employment for Orange County.

Source: California Employment Development Department
http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/indhist/oran$haw.xls




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 times in the past for Orange County and California. Orange County has shown faster population growth than the State as a whole.

Source: US Census Bureau and California Department of Finance



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 as measure by the Employment Development Department.

Source: US Census Bureau and California Department of Finance



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 fluxuaitons in temporary employment since June 2006.

Source: American Staffing Association



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