Santa Clarita sees more jobs in October

A representative from the L.A. County Community Development Commission talks with someone in search of a job at the America's Job Center of California Hiring Fest on April 28, 2017.

More Santa Clarita locals found employment in October, marking the second month in a row the jobless rate has gone down.

The jobless rate is now 4.0 percent in the city, a decrease from 4.4 percent in September and 4.9 percent in August, according to the State of California’s Employment Development Department.

Presently, there are 3,900 people without a job in Santa Clarita’s labor force of 98,600 people.

Unemployment steadily rose during the summer months, with the rate at 3.7 percent in May, 4.1 percent in June and 4.8 percent in July.

The city saw higher jobless rates during this time the past few years, with 4.6 percent in October 2016 and 5.4 percent in October 2015.

Jobless rates fell countywide as well, as Los Angeles County saw a decrease to 4.7 percent in October from 4.9 in September. Last year, the county’s jobless rate was 5.1 percent.

California followed the downward trend with a 4.9 percent jobless rate, a decrease from 5.1 percent the month before and 5.3 percent the year before.

Comparatively, Los Angeles’ jobless rate was 4.6 percent and Long Beach’s was 4.8 percent in October.

Santa Clarita’s neighbors saw rates at 5.9 percent for Palmdale, 4.9 percent for Lancaster and 5.1 percent for San Fernando.

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