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Report shows that city unemployment now at 8.2 percent

Posted: August 20, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Rosa Velazquez, 47, of Canyon Country, discusses how the economy has affected her.

 

Unemployment in the city of Santa Clarita rose to 8.2 percent in July, according to state data released Friday.

That’s up 0.6 percent from June and 1 percent from April, when unemployment had fallen for the fourth month in a row to 7.2 percent, according to a report by the state Employment Development Department.

Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Terri K. Crain was surprised that unemployment has increased locally.

“The business climate here has been good,” Crain said. “We’ve been renewing members. I haven’t heard of any big layoffs. ... I’m going to say it’s factors outside of our community.”

A total of 7,200 people in Santa Clarita’s labor force were unemployed in July. That’s up from 6,400 in April.

Countywide, 645,200 people are out of work, or 13.3 percent. Los Angeles lost 30,600 jobs in July.

Statewide, the jobless rate rose from 11.8 percent in June and hit 12 percent for the first time since March. Most industries added jobs, but big reductions in government payrolls shrank the net gain.

The national unemployment rate in July dropped slightly to 9.1 percent.

The state report showed much weaker job growth in July than in June, continuing what has been a spotty economic recovery, with big variations between regions of the state.

Nationwide, jobless rates rose in more than half the states for the second month in a row.

Hopeful signs on hiring early in 2011 grew weaker after April, and stocks have plunged over the past several weeks amid growing fear that the economy will stay weak for a prolonged period.

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