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Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate drops

Santa Clarita’s February percentage of jobless is lower than those of surrounding communities

Posted: March 29, 2013 2:58 p.m.
Updated: March 29, 2013 2:58 p.m.

Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in February, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Division.

The rates reverse revised January rates, released last week, that indicated an upswing in unemployment the first month of the year. Post-holiday jobless numbers for the city hit 6.7 percent.

“I am extremely pleased to see that our unemployment rate in the city of Santa Clarita has gone down from 6.7 (percent) to 6.3 (percent),” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “It’s obviously a very favorable indication of what’s going on with our economy.”

Santa Clarita’s February unemployment rate was much lower than those of other nearby cities. Los Angeles’s rate stood at 11.4 percent in January; Glendale’s at 9 percent; Pasadena’s at 7.8 percent; Palmdale at 12.8 percent; and Lancaster at 14.5 percent, according to the Employment Development Department.

The unadjusted numbers also reflected a drop in the jobless rate for Los Angeles County from 10.4 percent to 10.3 percent in February — the rate at which the unemployment numbers had rested in December 2012.

Statewide, California’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.6 percent in February, down from 9.8 percent in January.
Still, California, Mississippi and Nevada had the highest unemployment rates among the states in February, at 9.6 percent each, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Statewide, job gains of 310,300 positions were made in eight categories, with business and professional services at a 3.5 percent increase and construction gains at 6.2 percent. Businesses added 77,800 jobs in February, and the construction industry tallied 35,800 new jobs.

Nationally, unemployment rate also edged downward, reaching 7.7 percent in February compared to 7.9 percent in January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.




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