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City jobless numbers hold steady

Posted: July 21, 2012 4:55 p.m.
Updated: July 21, 2012 4:55 p.m.

Unemployment held steady at 6.8 percent in Santa Clarita last month, officials said Friday, while it dropped slightly statewide and in Los Angeles County.

Unemployment in Santa Clarita was the same as last month, but down an entire percentage point compared to June last year, when it stood at 7.8 percent, city officials said.

In the state, unemployment dropped to 10.7 percent in June compared to 10.8 percent in May, the Employment Development Department reported Friday.

In Los Angeles County, the unemployment rate stood at 11.1 percent in June, state officials said, down from 11.4 percent in May.

Nationwide, unemployment stood at 8.2 percent for June.

“We’re thrilled to be a full point lower than we were last year at this time,” said Jason Crawford, marketing and economic development manager for Santa Clarita.

Last month’s announcement that Morton Manufacturing — a longtime Santa Clarita Valley firm that makes fasteners for the aerospace industry — is leaving the valley for Lancaster was a blow to the city’s plans to create and retain local jobs, Crawford said.

But the city, working in conjunction with the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp., is seeing success in attracting new employers to the SCV, he said.

Precision Dynamics Corp. will be moving to the Santa Clarita Valley soon, bringing 300 to 400 jobs with it, Crawford said.

In addition, plans are moving ahead to build Needham Ranch, a planned office/industrial business park in Newhall that will offer more than a million square feet of space for businesses, he said. Builders are due to break ground on Needham Ranch soon, Crawford said.

Unemployment numbers released by states Friday show joblessness increased in 27 states last month, the most in almost a year and a reflection of weaker hiring nationwide.

Still, 29 states added jobs in June, up from 27 in May. Among them was California, which added 38,300 jobs.

Unemployment rates can rise even if more jobs are created if more of those out of work start looking for jobs. The number of Americans searching for jobs nationwide increased last month.


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