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City’s unemployment rate holds steady in June

Posted: July 17, 2009 10:39 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate stood at 7 percent in June, neither increasing nor decreasing from May’s figures, according to numbers released Friday by California’s Employment Development Department.

“In today’s economy, it is an amazing thing to be able to hold steady,” said Jason Crawford, the city’s economic development and marketing manager. “It doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet, but it definitely gives some promise.”

A 7-percent unemployment rate means 6,300 Santa Clarita residents are out of work.
Crawford said he hadn’t heard of any major layoffs recently, but he hadn’t heard of any major hirings, either.

“But it seems we’ve been lucky enough to hit a plateau, which compared to some places which are still having more unemployed, that’s a really good thing,” he said.

Los Angeles County’s unemployment rate decreased to 11.4 percent in June, but that was a tiny decrease from May’s measure of 11.6 percent, according to an Employment Development Department press release.

Between May and June, total nonfarm employment decreased by 13,600 jobs with educational and health services revealing the greatest job loss with 10,500 fewer jobs. Other industries posing significant job losses included professional, scientific and technical services, management of companies and enterprises, administrative and support and waste services.

The Employment Development Department also reported job losses in manufacturing, trade transportation and utilities and government.

California’s unemployment rate remained steady at 11.6 percent from May to June, the highest in modern record-keeping. The national unemployment rate is 9.5 percent, a 26-year high, and is expected to hit 10 percent by year-end.

However, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday that 66,500 Californians lost jobs in June. It was the largest drop in the country, followed by Texas, Ohio and Michigan.

“California continued in deep recession mode” in June, said Stephen Levy, senior economist of the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. “It was a very, very bad month for the economy.”

California’s unemployment rate is up from 7.1 percent a year ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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