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Santa Clarita jobless rate jumps in June

May to June unemployment increases are common due to school vacations

Posted: July 19, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 19, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

After several months of declines in Santa Clarita’s jobless rate, the city’s unemployment rate rose to 6.2 percent in June — up from 5.6 percent in May, according to data released by the state’s Employment Development Department on Thursday.

An official with the city said it’s very common to see an increase from May to June.

“Early summer unemployment rates are affected annually with the end of the school year because teachers, as well as other nine-month education employees, are out on break and college graduates are beginning to look for work,” said Jason Crawford, marketing and economic development manager for the city of Santa Clarita.

The William S. Hart, Saugus Union and Newhall school districts are among the city’s largest employers. Also on the list of public entities employing teachers is College of the Canyons.

Compared to the city’s unemployment rate a year ago, June’s 6.2 percent is lower than that of June 2012, when it was 6.8 percent.

“We look at unemployment numbers year over year due to their cyclical nature,” Crawford said.

“The good news is that unemployment fell from the prior year,” he said. “It’s a positive sign to see steady gains in jobs year over year and know that our residents are securing employment.”

The jobless rates for Los Angeles County also rose. The county’s unemployment rate in June rose to 10.2 percent, up from 9.9 percent in April.

Only the state’s jobless rate declined slightly. California’s June unemployment rate dipped slightly to 8.5 percent — down from 8.6 percent in May.

When the state’s jobless rate dropped in May, it marked the first time in five years that the state’s rate had dipped below 9 percent — since November 2008.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in June — virtually unchanged for the past three months, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The state said California added 30,200 jobs in June, more than any other state. The gains were concentrated in trade, health care, hospitality and government.

For similar sized California cities, however, Santa Clarita has the lowest jobless rate for cities with labor forces between 90,000 and 100,000 people.

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