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Jobless numbers edge up

Posted: August 17, 2013 9:55 p.m.
Updated: August 17, 2013 9:55 p.m.

Jobless numbers for Santa Clarita grew again in July, according to data released by the state’s Employment Development Department.

The unemployment rate rose to 6.6 percent in July, up from 6.2 percent in June.

When rates jumped last month, however, an official with the city said summertime rises in unemployment are very common.

The increases in rates coincide with the end of the school year as teachers, on a nine-month education schedule, are out on break, the spokesman said.

Historical data kept by the state for Santa Clarita indeed shows an increase, and even a peak, every July since 2000, which is as far back as the reports go.

The only exception to the rule is in 2008, eight months after a recession was officially declared and jobless rates increased throughout the year.

The summer jumps reflect the makeup of Santa Clarita’s largest employers­ — the William S. Hart Union High School, Saugus Union and Newhall school districts — in addition to College of the Canyons.

Last year, the city’s unemployment rate was 7.3 percent.

Numbers for this July are the lowest recorded in the city in five years since 2008.

Compared to cities the region tracks for economic similarities — Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale — Santa Clarita’s jobless rate is much lower.

As for the city’s northern neighbors, Palmdale’s jobless rate in July was 13.4 percent and Lancaster’s was 15.2 percent.

Both Los Angeles County and state numbers rosefor the month of July, as well.

L.A. County’s unemployment rate jumped to 10.8 percent, an increase from 10.2 percent in June. California’s rate moved up to 8.7 percent from 8.5 percent in June.

Nationally, unemployment fell slightly to 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent in July.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported earlier this month that more jobs were added in July, but that the number of people unemployed long-term remained stagnant — accounting for 37 percent of the unemployed.




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