Santa Clarita labor force dwindles in November

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As Santa Clarita’s labor force shrank in November, the unemployment rate dipped as a result.

The jobless rate in the city was 3.8 percent, down from 4.0 percent in October and 4.4 percent in November of 2016, according to data released Friday by the State of California’s Employment Development Department.

“When you compare our unemployment numbers from November of 2016 and November of 2017, a decrease from 4.4 percent to 3.8 percent, it represents what we’ve been hearing from local retailers and businesses,” City Economic Development Associate Denise Covert said. “The Santa Clarita economy continues to be strong, local companies are hiring and our talented workforce is finding employment.”

Of Santa Clarita’s 98,400-person workforce, 3,700 people were still searching for jobs in November. In October, the workforce was comprised of 98,600 people and 3,900 were jobless.

“The unemployment rate decreased not because these individuals got a job but because they left the area or relocated,” Juan Millan, Labor Market Consultant for the EDD said. “It’s due to the decline of the labor force.”

Less people in Los Angeles County were without a job in November, as the rate decrease to 4.5 percent from 4.7 percent in October.

This time last year, the county’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent.

Across California, the jobless rate decreased to 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent the month before. In November 2016, 5.3 percent of Californians were in search of a job.

Nationwide, 4.1 percent of the labor force was still looking for employment in November, the same as October but down from 4.6 the year before.

The city of Los Angeles saw a decrease in its jobless rate to 4.4 percent in November from 4.6 in October.

Long Beach also saw less unemployment at 4.5 percent in November from 4.8 the month before.

The jobless rate for Palmdale decreased to 5.6 percent from 5.9 percent in October, the rate in Lancaster decreased to 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent and the rate in San Fernando decreased to 4.9 percent from 5.1 percent.

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