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Santa Clarita jobless rate drops

Posted: December 20, 2013 2:29 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2013 2:29 p.m.

Santa Clarita’s jobless rate dropped back down slightly in November.

The city’s rate for November was 5.7 percent — mirroring the September jobless rate. That number is down from 5.8 percent in October, according to data released by the California Employment Development Department on Friday.

Overall, Santa Clarita’s jobless rate is down from 6.1 percent in November 2012.

Both the state and national unemployment rates decreased as well.

California’s jobless rate dropped to 8.5 percent, down from 8.7 percent in October.

The nation’s jobless rate dropped to 7 percent in November, according to numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Santa Clarita’s numbers, however, compare favorably to similar-size cities. Glendale’s jobless rate was 8.2 percent, Burbank’s 7.6 percent and Pasadena’s 7.1 percent.

Neighboring communities to the north continue to suffer from high unemployment rates — Lancaster at 13.3 percent and Palmdale 11.7 percent.

“The city of Santa Clarita’s jobless rate is down from one year ago. This is a very positive sign for our local economy,” said Ken Striplin, city manager.

Nationally, California was among 14 states that had notable improvements in employment, adding 44,300 new jobs in November.

Seven categories added 55,700 jobs over the month — mining and logging; construction; manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; information; leisure and hospitality; and other services, with trade, transportation and utilities posting the largest of those increases.

Four categories reported 11,400 job declines — financial activities; professional and business services; educational and health services; and government.




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