Orange County Business Journal has reported that Orange County employment grew by about 2.4% last year, boosted by December gains that helped push the unemployment rate down to 5.2% from 5.7% in November and 6.8% a year earlier.
Local businesses added 3,600 jobs in December, and the county now has 1,461,100 jobs, according to the state Employment Development Department.
Nationwide, the jobless rate was 6.5% last month, versus 6.6% in November and 7.6% a year ago.
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Source: Fullerton Chamber of Commerce