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Jobless rate hits all-time high in Santa Clarita

Economy: State report on unemployment at 8.3 percent, 5 percent ahead of countywide average

Posted: August 21, 2010 8:15 p.m.
Updated: August 22, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Unemployment in the city of Santa Clarita hit an all-time high in July with one-in-12 now jobless, according to a state report released Friday.

The bottom dropped out for government workers, particularly in education, as the school year began with 70 fewer teaching jobs across Santa Clarita Valley. U.S. Census workers’ temporary positions also ended, said Jason Crawford, the city’s economic development director.

Crawford said the city typically sees a drop in employment from June to July. This year, the unemployment rate climbed 0.7 percent to 8.3 percent. Last year, unemployment increased 0.8 percent between June and July.

After peaking at 8.2 percent in January — then, due to the post-holiday slowdown — Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate hovered in the mid-7-percent range for five months.

A total of 7,300 people in the city were out of work in July, the California Employment Development Department reported.
That’s lower than the Los Angeles County rate of 13.4 percent and the state rate of 12.3 percent.

California lost 9,400 jobs in July. Most of those were temporary jobs with the census.

The national unemployment rate also remained unchanged from June to July, hovering at 9.5 percent.


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