City’s Jobless Rate Lowest Since Pandemic’s Start

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank’s unemployment rate dropped from 10.7% in August to 9% in September, according to preliminary state data, the lowest mark for the statistic since March 2020.
The decline in the city’s unemployment rate from August to September, according to data from the California Employment Development Department, also seems to be the first time the measure has dropped below double digits since the beginning of the pandemic.
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Drop in Local, County Unemployment Rates Reported

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale’s unemployment last month appeared to be the lowest rate it has been this year, according to recently released data, after three consecutive months of minor upticks.
The local rate dropped to 10.2% in August from 10.9% in July, preliminary California Employment Development Department data shows, the biggest one-month decline reported for the city since February. The drop reflected a decrease in the estimated number of unemployed Glendale residents to 10,500 from 11,300 a month earlier. However, the labor force — representing residents who are employed or unemployed but searching for a job — fell by 1,600 people. The number of employed residents dropped by 800.
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Drop in Local, County Unemployment Rates Reported

First published in the Sept. 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Burbank’s unemployment last month registered the lowest rate this year, according to recently released data, reflecting a sharper decrease than has been seen in the city, state and county in recent months.
The local rate dropped to 10.8% in August from 12% in July, preliminary California Employment Development Department data shows, the biggest one-month decline reported for the city since February. The drop reflected a decrease in the estimated number of unemployed Burbank residents to 6,300 in August from 7,100 a month earlier. However, the local labor force — representing residents who are employed or unemployed but searching for a job — fell by 1,300 people. The number of employed citizens dropped by 500. Continue reading “Drop in Local, County Unemployment Rates Reported”

City, County Unemployment Shows Little Change

Burbank’s unemployment rate remained flat from June to July, according to state data, with Los Angeles County’s and California’s rates similarly obstinate.
The local rate held at 11.8% during the two months, the California Employment Development Department reported in a preliminary estimate. The number of the city’s unemployed residents remained at about 7,000. However, the estimate for employed residents increased from 52,100 to 52,500 while the labor force grew from 59,100 to 59,600.
Burbank’s joblessness rate, which historically has been slightly higher than the county’s, has fallen precipitously since its pandemic-era high of 23.9% in May 2020. It has fluctuated somewhat this year, however, hovering around 11% and 12%. The city’s pre-pandemic unemployment rate was 5.1%.
The lack of a change in Burbank’s rate is not unique. L.A. County’s percentage continued to be an estimated 10.2% in July — the same figure it had been since May. The EDD estimated that more than 521,300 county residents were unemployed. Continue reading “City, County Unemployment Shows Little Change”

Hiring of Residents Increases Slightly

Data: California Employment Development Department

Glendale’s unemployment rate saw a marginal decrease from June to July, according to state data, with Los Angeles County’s and California’s rates similarly obstinate.
The local rate fell from a revised 10.7% in June to 10.5% in July, the California Employment Development Department reported in a preliminary estimate. The dip represented a decrease in the number of the city’s unemployed residents from about 11,100 to 10,900, whereas the estimate for employed residents increased from 92,300 to 93,000. Glendale’s labor force also rose from 103,400 to 103,900. Continue reading “Hiring of Residents Increases Slightly”

A Year Into Pandemic, Glendale’s Unemployment Still Elevated

Glendale’s unemployment rate last month was significantly higher than it was in March 2020, according to state data, though the gap continues to narrow.
The city’s unemployment rate fell from 10.5% in February to 10.3% in March — tied with November for having the lowest rate since the beginning of the pandemic — according to preliminary data from the California Employment Development Department, reflecting a decrease in the number of unemployed workers from 10,900 to 10,600.
However, the city’s labor force — the number of residents either working or actively looking for work — fell by 700 people while its number of employed residents dropped by 400.

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Local Unemployment Rose in January

The unemployment rate in Glendale saw a major increase in January, according to newly released data, coinciding with renewed industry restrictions that have since been rolled back.
The California Employment Development Department recently reported that local unemployment rose from 9.9% in December to 12.1% in January. It represented a 12.2% increase in the number of unemployed workers, from 9,800 to 12,000. About 2,000 fewer residents reported working that month, putting the city’s total employment at 87,100.
However, the city’s labor force — the number of people either currently working or looking for a job — increased from 98,800 to 99,100 after two months of steady losses.
The increase in Glendale’s unemployment rate was the highest one-month jump the city had seen since the pandemic began. The rate has been steadily falling since May, though it has yet to reach its pre-pandemic level of roughly 4.2%.

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Labor Force Shrank Further Last Month

Burbank’s labor force reportedly hit its lowest point of the year in December, with a local unemployment rate that has been falling for months showing signs of stalling.
The city’s unemployment rate decreased slightly from 10.5% in November to 10.4% in December, according to preliminary data from the California Employment Development Department. The rate was similar to Los Angeles County’s figure of 10.7%, which remained flat between the two months.
But Burbank’s labor force, consisting of people who report either being employed or looking for work, saw a drop in December. The estimated labor force was 56,300 that month, a decline from November’s 57,500. The decrease reflected 1,100 fewer Burbank residents working in December compared with November.

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Labor Force Shrunk Further Last Month

Glendale’s labor force continued its downward trend in December, with a local unemployment rate that has been falling for months showing signs of stalling.
The city’s unemployment rate decreased slightly from 10.3% in November to 9.9% in December, according to preliminary data from the California Employment Development Department. The rate was similar to Los Angeles County’s figure of 10.7%, which remained flat between the two months.
But Glendale’s labor force, consisting of people who report either being employed or looking for work, saw a drop in December. The estimated labor force was 98,8 00 that month, a decline from November’s 101,400. The decrease also reflected 1,800 fewer Glendale residents working in December compared to November.

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Unemployment Rate Falls, as Does Labor Force’s Size

The unemployment rate in Burbank continued to drop recently, reaching a pandemic-era low of 10.3% in November. But an estimated 200 fewer people actually had jobs than in October, state figures show.
The lower unemployment rate appeared to be due largely to a decrease of about 1,300 people in Burbank’s labor force, putting the total at roughly 57,300 in November, according to preliminary data from the

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