Santa Clarita’s jobless rate fell to 5.2 percent in August as teachers, administrators and social workers across the county started to return from their summer break.
The August numbers reflected a slight improvement over Santa Clarita’s 5.3 percent rate for July, but it was a big improvement over last year’s 6.3 percent rate for August.
Los Angeles County saw similar results. The county’s month-over-month jobless rate held steady at 8.1 percent but fell nearly 2 full points from last August’s 9.9 percent unemployment rate.
Statewide unemployment was even at 7.4 percent (down from last August’s 8.9 percent), while the nation’s jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in August from 6.2 percent in July and 7.2 percent in August 2013.
Government jobs, which include public school teachers, added 2,400 positions to payrolls in August while private education and health services added 4,300. Health care and social assistance added another 3,100.
Professional and business services grew by a net of 6,600 jobs over the month, mostly in the administrative, support and waste services subsector (up 7,100). The gains were partially offset by cutbacks in scientific and technical services.
Other industries to see modest gains were information; trade, transportation and utilities; miscellaneous services; financial activities and construction. Mining and logging were unchanged.
The downside of the end of summer was felt by the leisure and hospitality sector, which constricted by 600 jobs. Manufacturing also fell by 100.
For the year (August 2013 to August 2014), Los Angeles County has seen the biggest gains in professional and business services, which added 31,800 positions, followed by private education and health services, up 20,700.
Other winners over the year were leisure and hospitality (up 7,900); trade, transportation and utilities (up 7,000); construction (up 6,600); information (up 4,800); other services (up 3,600); government (up 1,200); and mining and logging (up 300). Financial activities were unchanged.
The county’s only loser over the last 12 months has been manufacturing, which slashed 15,500 jobs from payrolls. Of those, 10,500 positions were involved in the manufacture of nondurable goods and 5,000 in durable goods.
With the end of countywide COVID-19 emergency declarations on March 31, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Heal is aligning county safety measures with federal and state COVID-19 guidance, while continuing to require a few common-sense measures at worksites, educational institutions and healthcare facilities to reduce COVID-19-related disruptions and protect the people at highest risk of severe illness.
Want to try your hand at gardening but don’t have much space? Learn how to start your garden in a small space. Be creative and add vegetables and lush greenery to your patio. Join the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency's free virtual landscape and gardening workshop, "Small Space Gardening," on Saturday, April 8, at 9 a.m.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station 2023 Baker to Vegas Team is competing in the 120 mile Baker to Las Vegas Challenge Cup Relay which starts in Baker, Calif. on Saturday, April 1 and ends in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sunday, April 2.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority reminds drivers in the Santa Clarita Valley the I-5 North County Enhancements Project will continue with work on SR-14 to Magic Mountain Parkway and SR-126 to Parker Road planned for the week of April 3 to April 9.
As you make your way down Main Street in Old Town Newhall, the sight of buffalo soldiers, the smell of an old cast iron Dutch ovens cooking peach cobbler and the sound of cowboy boots clacking against the wooden slats of the sidewalks will instantly transport you to the early days of the West.
The Rio Norte Junior High School Concert Band, Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, "The Jazz Hawks," secured top awards at the recent Music in the Parks Festival held at Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park.
The California Department of Transportation advises motorists that all lanes on Southbound Interstate 5 will be closed on Saturday night, April 1 and Sunday night, April 2, as crews work to limit damage from a landslide in Castaic after a recent series of powerful storms and intense rainfall.
Los Angeles County Parks is hiring. This Spring, we are looking to employ our local L.A. County Youth with an excellent entry level job that pays more than minimum wage ($16.04) and allows them to work at their local L.A. County Park, including Val Verde Park.
Santa Clarita Valley residents once again came together during the 2022 holiday season to raise money and donate items to charity, as approximately 2,500 riders joined Santa Clarita Transit’s Holiday Light Tour.
Deborah Anderson, Los Angeles County Library’s assistant director of Education and Engagement, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2023 Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children.
In alignment with both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will change to weekly reporting of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths data beginning April 6.
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