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City’s jobless rate falls below 6 percent

April’s unemployment rate locally was 5.7 percent

Posted: May 17, 2013 7:18 p.m.
Updated: May 17, 2013 7:18 p.m.

Santa Clarita’s April jobless rate fell to 5.7 percent, a drop from 6.1 percent in March, according to statistics released Friday.

It had been 6.3 percent in February, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.

“We think this is attributable to a strengthening local economy and more activity in real estate,” said Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin.

Los Angeles County’s jobless rate dropped to 9.3 percent from 9.9 percent in March.

The numbers are not yet seasonally adjusted.

Overall, California’s unemployment rate also fell to its lowest level in 4 1/2 years as the state experienced one of the sharpest drops in joblessness nationwide, The Associated Press reported on Friday.

The state’s jobless rate fell to 9 percent in April, down from 9.4 percent in the prior month. One year ago, the state’s unemployment rate was 10.7 percent, reported the state’s labor department.

While California continues to have the fourth highest unemployment rate in the country, it also had the biggest month-to-month drop in the nation when it fell from 9.4 percent in March, reported the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.

Nevada had the highest April jobless rate in the nation with 9.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Santa Clarita will continue its efforts to create jobs locally in the hope it slowly gets back to where it was before the recession, Striplin said.



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