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Los Angeles County unemployment rate is unchanged at 8.1%
Los Angeles County unemployment rate is unchanged at 8.1%

Los Angeles County’s unemployment rate remained at 8.1% in August, according to figures released Friday. The number of Angelenos available for work rose by 5,000 people, according to the California Employment Development Department. Nearly 4.6 million people in the county had jobs last month, 3,000 more than in July. But the ranks of the unemployed also swelled, rising by 2,000 workers to 405,000 people. The current rate, however, marks an improvement from the 9.9% unemployment rate of a year ago. Since August 2013, the professional and business services sector expanded payrolls by 31,800 jobs, followed by a 20,700-job boost among educational and health services employers. ...