first_imgThe seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Los Angeles County held steady at 5 percent in April, state officials reported Friday. The April unemployment rate was above the 4.8 percent rate in the same month last year, according to the Employment Development Department. Statewide, employers added a modest 7,400 jobs last month, with government payrolls posting more than two-thirds of that gain, the state reported Friday. The April increase followed a revised gain of 17,000 jobs in March, a decline of 1,500 jobs from the previously reported total. The increases in California reflected slower payroll employment growth throughout the nation. U.S. payrolls grew by just 88,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department. In California, the number of people looking for work climbed during the month to 934,000, up 58,000 from March and 41,000 from the year-ago month, according to the Employment Development Department. Of those looking for work, 362,100 were laid off, 85,600 left their jobs voluntarily and the rest were new to the labor market, the state agency said. The state unemployment rate edged up to 5.1 percent from 4.8 percent in March. It was 5 percent in April 2006. About 15.3 million people held payroll jobs in California in April. The government sector added 5,800 jobs during the period. The biggest decline came in the information sector, which lost 6,800 jobs. The construction sector saw a decrease of 3,000 jobs. Over the 12-month period ended in April, California employers added 266,300 jobs, a 1.8 percent increase.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more