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UPDATE: Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate ticks up slightly

Posted: November 22, 2013 5:11 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2013 5:48 p.m.

Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate rose slightly from September to October, but it was still down from a year ago, city officials announced Friday.

The unemployment rate for October was 5.8 percent, up from 5.7 percent in September, according to a news release from the city.

Despite the slight increase, the city’s unemployment rate is still down markedly from a year ago, when it stood at 6.4 percent, according to California’s Employment Development Department.

“Santa Clarita’s job market remains strong as the economy continues to improve and businesses continue to hire more employees,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar in a news release. “We will continue to work with our business and economic partners to identify opportunities for residents to work close to home.”

Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate continues to be lower than both the state and national unemployment rates.
California’s unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in September and was unchanged in October, snapping a two-month streak of increases, the state Employment Development Department said Friday.

California added 39,800 nonfarm jobs in October. Gains were broad, with construction, leisure and hospitality, and other sectors expanding payrolls. Government led the way with 12,200 new jobs.

Only two of 11 sectors shrank during October — manufacturing and finance.

The release of September’s data was delayed by a month because of the federal government shutdown. The numbers are derived from a federal survey of California households.

The September jobless rate fell from 8.9 percent in August and matched July’s 8.7 percent. When the metric rose from 8.5 percent in June, it was the first increase since spring 2011.

The U.S. unemployment rate grew to 7.3 percent in October from 7.2 percent in September.
California lost 2,900 jobs in September — ending a nation-high 27 months of consecutive job growth — but bounced back in October.

After government, education and health services posted the strongest job gains in October, adding 9,600 jobs. It was followed by leisure and hospitality, with 9,200 new jobs, suggesting that Californians continue to spend on travel and at restaurants.

Manufacturing posted the biggest job losses, shrinking by 5,600 positions.

Several large Southern California counties were above the state average, with San Bernardino at 9.4 percent, Los Angeles at 9.5 percent and Riverside at 10.1 percent. Orange County’s jobless rate was 5.8 percent and San Diego’s was 7 percent.

Imperial County, a farming region in the southeast corner of the state along the Mexican border, had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 25.2 percent.



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