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SCV's Unemployment Rate Up for January

Rise probably due to writer's strike.

Posted: March 5, 2008 5:58 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2008 5:02 a.m.
The city of Santa Clarita's unemployment shifted up a half of a percent to 3.6 percent between December 2007 and January 2008, according to figures from the Employment Development Department.

The statistics, which are not seasonally adjusted, show that Santa Clarita's employment for January is 88,100 with a labor force of 91,400.

Additionally, the number unemployed in January is 3,300.

The unemployment figures come as an increase from December 2007 when the number unemployed was at 2,900 and the unemployment rate was at 3.1 percent.

For December, employment in Santa Clarita was at 90,100 with a labor force of 93,000.

Jason Crawford, economic development manager for the city of Santa Clarita, attributes the increase in the unemployment rate to the Writers Guild of America strike.

"We know that the writer's strike definitely impacted the residents of Santa Clarita," he said, referring to the local residents employed by Santa Clarita's film industry. "So the longer that went on, the longer that people were impacted."

But at the same time, Crawford pointed out that Santa Clarita's unemployment rate consistently stays below the rate for Los Angeles County.

The department reports that January's seasonally adjusted rate is at 5.7 percent while the unadjusted figure stands at 6 percent for the county.

As for employment, figures that have not been adjusted for the season show that Los Angeles County is 4,621,200 with a labor force of 4,917,200.

When seasonally adjusted, the department reports that the county had an employment of 4,651,500 and a labor force of 4,933,900 for last month.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment for the county is 296,000 while the adjusted number is 282,400, according to the Employment Development Department.


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