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Santa Clarita's December jobless rate drops to 6-year low

Unemployment rate is lowest among cities in L.A. County

Posted: January 24, 2014 5:53 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2014 5:53 p.m.

Santa Clarita’s jobless rate dropped to 5.3 percent in December 2013 — a rate not seen since 2008, when the entire nation began rapidly shedding jobs as a result of the recession.

Meanwhile, unemployment declined statewide as well as in Los Angeles County, according to numbers released by the California Employment Development Department on Friday.

California’s unemployment rate decreased to 8.3 percent in December, down from 8.5 percent in the prior month.
And the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Los Angeles County dropped to 9.2 percent in December 2013, down from 9.5 percent in November.

Nationally, the unemployment rate declined from 7.0 to 6.7 percent in December, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As expected during the holiday season, the EDD reported that retail trade in L.A. County accounted for more than 75 percent of the job growth in December. Also generating the most jobs were the trade, transportation and utilities industries.

Among the larger job-loss categories was the state’s homegrown industry of motion picture and sound recording — which some say California virtually ignores.

Santa Clarita city officials welcomed the ongoing decline in jobless numbers.

“We are at 5.3 percent for December 2013, a full point down from 6.3 percent in December 2012, which is good news for us,” said Jason Crawford, manager of economic development and marketing for the city.

But traditionally increased holiday hiring does show in the December numbers, he pointed out.

Comparing the month of December in each of the previous six years, however, this is the lowest December unemployment number the city has seen since 2007, Crawford said.

In contrast to surrounding cities or those with similar-size labor forces in L.A. County, Santa Clarita’s 5.3 percent unemployment rate is the lowest.



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