LOS ANGELES, Calif.–The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County held steady at 12.6 percent between August and September, the state Economic Development Department reported today.

The 12.6 percent unemployment rate was above the 12.2 percent rate in September 2009, according to the EDD.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the unemployment rate was 9.6 percent, the same rate as August.

California’s jobless rate was 12.4 percent in September, the same rate as August but up from 12.1 percent in September 2009, according to the EDD.

The comparable estimates for the nation were 9.6 percent in September, 9.6 percent in August and 9.8 percent for September 2009.

Total nonfarm employment increase by 11,600 jobs in Los Angeles County between August and September to reach more than 3.7 million.

The largest increase was in the educational and health services sector, which gained 10,600 jobs.

A total of 615,000 people were unemployed in September in Los Angeles County, which has a labor force of nearly 4.9 million.

Statewide, 2.27 million people were out of work, up slightly from 2.26 million in August.