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City’s jobless rate drops again. hitting 6.1 percent

Local employment numbers remain much stronger than regional trends

Posted: April 19, 2013 4:47 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2013 4:47 p.m.

Despite weaker job numbers in March, the jobless rates dropped slightly in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County and the state of California.

The national unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent in March, but there was a small dip of 0.6 percentage points from February, the Department of Labor reported.

Santa Clarita’s jobless rate dropped to 6.1 percent from 6.3 percent in February, according to the report issued Friday by the state’s Economic Development Department.

“We are continuing to see improvement in the economy here in Santa Clarita,” said Jason Crawford, marketing and economic development manager.

The city’s unemployment numbers continue to remain far lower than Los Angeles County’s, which came in at 10.2 percent in March. And the rate remains lower than the state’s rate of 9.4 percent.

The local jobless rate also remains lower than those of comparable, or surrounding, cities, according to state records.

Santa Clarita officials believe the downward trend will continue this year as new professional businesses, medical offices and auto dealers are all slated to open and hire more employees.

Nationwide, total nonfarm payroll employment edged up only 88,000 jobs nationally in March, reported the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth had averaged 169,000 per month.

The largest over-the-month employment increases were reported in Florida and California, with 32,700 and 25,500 job gains, respectively, for March.



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