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Orange County has the lowest female unemployment rate in the country. In the last five years, female employment has grown significantly in the market, with employment falling from 8.7% to 5.3% today, according to research from JLL. Of the most populated counties in the country, this is the lowest unemployment rate for women. Female employment in Orange County has also grown faster at a faster rate than the national average. Since 2000, female employment for non-farm jobs in Orange County increased 17%, compared to 12.2% growth nationally.

“Unemployment for the county, as well as the state as a whole, has reached record lows in the past year and female employment levels show that women in Orange County are not only not missing out on this economic expansion but are catalysts of it,” Paulina Torres, research analyst at JLL, tells GlobeSt.com. “The county as a whole has been able to celebrate sustained economic expansion thanks to its diversified economy, a trait that has translated into increased gender diversity in the workplace. Orange County has experienced a trophy-worthy year in employment and female employment in particular has taken the driver’s seat.  Over the past 5 years, female unemployment has decreased from 8.7% to 5.3%, a reduction that is 0.8% greater than the male unemployment reduction in the county.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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