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Cerritos and Artesia Unemployment Rate Climbs

The overall unemployment rate in Los Angeles County stays steady, but in Cerritos and Artesia the jobless numbers rise.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County remained unchanged at 11.2 percent in July compared with June, however this was not the case in Cerritos and Artesia where unemployment numbers were on the rise, according to the state Employment Development Department.     

The 11.2 percent countywide unemployment rate was below the 12.5 percent rate in July 2011, according to the EDD.

Unemployment On the Rise in Cerritos and Artesia in July

In the city of Cerritos, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 6.0 percent in June, and 6.5 percent in July. In the city of Artesia, the unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in July, compared to an 8.0 percent rate in June. 

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in June, unchanged from July.

California's jobless rate was 10.7 percent in July, also the same as it was in June, but down from July 2011, when 11.9 percent.

Total nonfarm employment decreased by 44,200 jobs in Los Angeles County between June and July to slightly more than 3.8 million. The services sector recorded the largest month-over-month decrease, losing 2,100 jobs. The overall civilian labor force decreased by 30,000 people.

A total of 540,000 people were unemployed in July in Los Angeles County, which has a labor force of about 4.84 million.

Statewide, about 2 million people were out of work in July, the same as in June.

- City News Service and MarieSam Sanchez contributed to this report.

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