City’s jobless numbers increase in new year

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After the hustle of the holidays died down, seasonal jobs were let go and unemployment rates rose.

According to the California Employment Development Department, Santa Clarita’s jobless rate increased from 4.3 percent in December to 4.7 percent in January.

Comparatively, however, the unemployment in the city in January 2016 was 5.4 percent.

Out of Santa Clarita’s approximate 96,200 person labor force, 91,700 people are employed and 4,500 are unemployed, according to the data released Friday.

In Los Angeles County, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 5.1 percent in December to 4.9 percent in January. The county decreased .7 percent from the 5.6 percent rate of January 2016.

In L.A. county overall, employment increased by 6,000 people to 4,810,000 total in January, and unemployment decreased by 7,000 to 249,000.

California’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in January, a decrease of .1 percent from 5.2 in December and a .6 decrease from 5.7 in January of last year.

Nationally, unemployment was 4.8 percent in January, a .1 increase from 4.7 percent in December, but down .1 percent from 4.9 in January 2016.

Los Angeles city had an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent, equating to 109,400 people of the 2,019,200 person labor force.

Long Beach, the second largest city in the county, had a jobless rate of 5.6 with 13,400 of a 239,700 person labor force.

In regard to cities with similarly sized labor forces to Santa Clarita’s, Torrance experienced 3.5 percent unemployment with 2,800 jobless out of 78,300, Pasadena had 4.5 percent unemployment with 3,500 of 77,700 jobless and Glendale at 4.9 percent unemployment with 5,000 jobless of 101,700 people.

Neighboring city Lancaster had an unemployment rate of 5.7 at 3,700 of 64,000 people and Palmdale had a rate of 6.9 percent at 4,400 out of 64,300 people. Burbank had an unemployment rate of 4.2 with 2,400 of 58,300 jobless and San Fernando had 6.0 percent with 700 of 11,800 jobless.

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