State jobless rate drops to 4.4 percent

Lynn Gray, the director of economic research and analysis for the commission, said Oklahoma added 20,200 jobs during the past 12 months, setting a 1.2 percent pace of growth over the year. The labor force grew by 12,000 to almost 5.18 million, but the number of L.A. County residents working grew even faster, by 18,000 to 4.93 million, according to figures from the California Employment Development Department.

It was a mixed bag for unemployment rates across the Central Valley as harvest activity died down in October, according to new data from the state Employment Development Department.

The unadjusted unemployment rate for the state of California is now 4.3 percent, while the unemployment rate for the nation sits at 3.9 percent.

Charleston County had the state's lowest rate at 3.1 percent.

Year over year, farms added 100 jobs, while nonfarm sectors added 1,700 jobs, led by government and educational and health services - each adding 600 positions.

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According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment increased in Los Angeles County by about 35,100 jobs between September and October to almost 4.5 million.

The report follows a strong September, when employers in the state boosted payrolls by a revised 50,300.

Bamberg County's rate was 6.3 percent in September, while Orangeburg County's rate was 6.2 percent. It was 4.7 percent the month before.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in California was 4.3 percent last month, while the national rate was 3.9 percent. That figure includes not just workers on payrolls, but also contract workers and those paid strictly in cash. "It's just that not all these jobs are showing up on company payrolls".

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