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Jobless rate holds steady

Posted: June 15, 2012 9:33 p.m.
Updated: June 15, 2012 9:33 p.m.

Unemployment in Santa Clarita held steady in May, while the jobless rate in California and Los Angeles County dipped.
Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate held steady at 6.8 percent in May after it had dropped a half-percent from March to April.

Los Angeles County saw a drop in its unemployment rate from a revised figure of 11.6 percent in April to 11.4 percent in May.

The overall number of jobs in the county increased by 8,000 in May from April.

In May, 6,000 people were unemployed in Santa Clarita, the same amount as in April, according to the state Employment Development Department data released Friday.

“It’s obviously very good news for our region that we held steady,” said Laura Biery, administrative analyst for Santa Clarita’s Economic Development Division. “We continue to see an increase in job recruitment, especially throughout our Santa Clarita WorkSource Center.”

In May, Santa Clarita again saw more new businesses open, increasing employment opportunities for residents, Biery said.
California’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in May to 10.8 percent, down from 10.9 percent the previous month, in what state officials said was a sign of continued economic recovery.

California employers added more than 33,900 nonfarm payroll jobs in May, the largest month-over-month increase nationwide, according to Employment Development Department data.

Since the recovery began in September 2009, officials say 425,000 jobs have been created in the state.

The state’s rate in May was more than a full percentage point better than the 11.9 percent unemployment rate at the same time a year ago.

California’s figures contrast with the national trend. The nationwide jobless rate rose to 8.2 percent last month from 8.1 percent in April, its first rise in nearly a year.

California’s unemployment rate is the nation’s third highest, behind Nevada, with 11.6 percent and Rhode Island with 11 percent.



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