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Jobless rate jumps up to 3.9% in SCV

Posted: June 26, 2008 12:18 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2008 5:03 a.m.
The city of Santa Clarita's unemployment rate jumped half a percent to 3.9 percent for May and a city official believes the sluggish economy is to blame.

"I think it has to do a lot with the economic slowdown that we're seeing right now," said Jason Crawford, economic development manager for the city.

The California Employment Development Department reports that Santa Clarita's unemployment rate is 3.9 percent. The figures, released Friday and not seasonally adjusted, also show that in May, there was a labor force of 91,300 and a total employment of 87,800. The total number of unemployed for May is 3,500.

April's unemployment rate was 3.4 percent.

Crawford credits the slowdown in residential construction for the jump.

"That slowdown trickles into all other businesses," he said, later adding, "Everything is just being affected."
Crawford said that though most of the people affected by the 2007 writers strike are back at work, an actors strike could have an impact, putting television and film projects on hold.

Despite the city's high unemployment rate, Crawford said the number remains well below the state's rate of 6.8 percent and Los Angeles County's 6.4 percent.

"We'd love to see it much lower, but thankfully, we're below the county and state percentages," he said.


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