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September 2012 Metrics

Overview:
  • The unemployment rate in Orange County fell to 7.7 percent in August 2012, down from the 7.9 percent in July 2012, and below the year-ago estimate of 9.0 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.4 percent for California and 8.2 percent for the nation during the same period.
  • The California Employment Indicator Index, created by Chapman University, decreased slightly from a reading of 111.0 in the second quarter of 2012 to 110.7 in the third quarter of 2012. A reading above 100 indicates suggests job creation and growth; yet the fact that the reading is only ten points above 100 indicates job growth is sluggish.
  • Orange County industry employment is showing slight increases and fluctuations with some industries performing better than others, yet overall growth still remains slow due to the extensive impacts associated with the Great Recession.
  • Orange County population growth has slowed. Migration into the County has slowed and even become negative in recent years leaving natural increase as the engine driving growth. The County continues to diversify its population yet, while all ethnicities are currently experiencing drops in birth rates, the Latino demographic is largely accountable for the majority of new births and by 2020 the Latino demographic is expected to become the new majority of the population. Overall, Orange County was ranked 38th in population percentage growth from 2000 to 2010 with 5.8%, compared to the state which grew by 10%.

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Orange County, California and US Unemployment
Rates, 2007-2012

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


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 2007 - 2012
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




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 Industry Trends 1990-2011
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



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