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Unemployment numbers drop in city, state

Posted: October 19, 2012 7:21 p.m.
Updated: October 19, 2012 7:21 p.m.

The ranks of the unemployed in Santa Clarita dropped significantly in September, falling from 6.9 percent in August to 6.2 percent last month, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

The newest numbers reflect a dramatic 1.1 percent decline in the city’s unemployed in only two months. The local jobless rate was 6.9 percent in August, and it came in at 7.3 percent in July.

“We are thrilled with the decrease in unemployment, which dropped 1 1/2 points to 6.2 percent in September compared with September 2011, when it was 7.7 percent,” said Assistant City Manager Ken Striplin.

“This is the lowest unemployment we have seen in Santa Clarita since December 2008. Coupled with ADI’s groundbreaking (Thursday), which will mean more jobs to come, things are definitely looking up in Santa Clarita.”

Aerospace Dynamics International Inc. broke ground on a new Rye Canyon Road structure where some 100 people are expected to be employed under a contract to manufacture airliner components.

Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate sits far below the rate recorded in the state of California and Los Angeles County for September; both which fell to 10.2 percent.

Still, the state numbers were encouraging.

California’s jobless rate fell from 10.6 percent in August in what may be the largest drop in 36 years, state officials said.

The statewide numbers from the Employment Development Department show the largest tumble in the monthly unemployment rate since 1976, said Kevin Callori, a spokesman for the department. Callori warned that the California figures are preliminary and could be revised next month.

Nationally, the unemployment rate also decreased in September to 7.8 percent.

The state agency reported that 28,300 jobs were added in California last month with growth in key areas: trade, transportation and utilities, information; financial activities; professional and business services; educational and health services; and leisure and hospitality.

Despite the belief that teachers returning to classrooms account for the positive shift in jobless numbers, the agency reported that the leisure and hospitality industry led the way, posting the largest month-over-month increase by adding 10,700 jobs.

One year ago, the state’s unemployment rate was 11.7 percent.

The number of people unemployed in California last month was 1,876,000 — down by 277,000 compared with September of last year.

Not all areas posted jobs gains, however. Government posted the largest decrease in September, marking a loss of 6,400 jobs. Mining and logging, construction, manufacturing and other services also posted losses in the state.
The Associated Press contributed to this report




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