The good news is that the bad news isn’t getting any worse.
Joblessness in the Garden Grove-Stanton-Westminster area, and Orange County in general, stayed pretty level in July, according to the state Department of Employment Development.
For Orange County, the unemployment rate stayed the same as for June at 7.9 percent. That compares to a 9.2 percent rate in July of 2011.
In Garden Grove, the rate remained at 9.9 percent, while Stanton’s number stood again at 12.8 percent. In Westminster, the rate declined slightly from 8.9 to 8.8 percent.
There are some hopeful signs in the data. Many of the jobs lost were seasonal positions in education, accounting for most of a decline of 11,600 jobs in local government jobs.
That was offset by increases in jobs in leisure and hospitality, financial activities, trade, transportation and utilities.
The data is not seasonally adjusted, and is not an actual count, like a census. It is estimate based on historical employment patterns and statewide calculations.
Rates for other Orange County cities include:
• Anaheim: 10.2 percent.
• Cypress: 8.4 percent.
• Fountain Valley: 6.6 percent.
• Huntington Beach: 6.5 percent.
• Orange: 7.3 percent.
• Santa Ana: 12.5 percent.
• Seal Beach: 5.8 percent.
The lowest rate of any Orange County city was 4.4 percent in Los Alamitos, the same as in June.