Employment rises in city as year progresses

Hundreds attend the Job & Career Fair hosted by College of the Canyons on Oct. 14. Dan Watson/The Signal

More Santa Clarita residents have gotten jobs as the year moves forward, effectively raising the employment rate 0.3 percentage points from January to February.

The city’s jobless rate decreased in February to 4.4 percent from 4.7 in January, the California Employment Development Department announced Friday.

Unemployment a year ago was 5.0 percent.

Per the data released, 92,800 people in the city are employed and 4,300 are unemployed out of Santa Clarita’s 97,000-person labor force.

As for Los Angeles County’s unemployment rate, it also decreased by 0.1 percentage point to 4.8 percent in February from 4.9 percent in January.

Currently, there are 243,900 people unemployed and 4,837,500 employed out of Los Angeles County’s 5,081,500-person work force.

The unemployment rate in February 2016 was 5.5 percent.

Employment increased by 13,000 people to 4,824,000 in February 2017 while unemployment decreased by 6,000 to 243,000.

Statewide, the jobless was 5.0 percent in California, compared to 5.2 percent one year ago in  February 2016.

Nationally, unemployment was 4.7 in February, compared to 4.8 percent in January and 4.9 percent in February 2016.

The city of Los Angeles had an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent in February, leaving 104,200 people of the 2,048,000-person work force without jobs.

Long Beach, the second largest city in the county, experienced a 5.3 percent unemployment rate, equating to 12,700 of 240,700 people.

Pasadena had a 4.3 percent unemployment rate with 3,400 of 78,800 jobless, Torrance experienced a 3.3 percent unemployment rate with 2,600 jobless out of 78,700 and Glendale had 4.6 percent unemployment with 4,800 of 102,500 jobless.

Joblessness in Lancaster was 5.4 percent at 3,500 of 64,200 people and was 6.5 percent at 4,200 out of 64,500 in Palmdale. San Fernando experienced 5.7 percent unemployment with 700 of 12,000 and Burbank experienced 3.9 percent unemployment with 2,300 of 58,500.

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