Local Unemployment Dipped in May

a chart compares LA County's unemployment rate to Burbank's over the past year
Data Source: California Employment Development Department

As Los Angeles County moved into the state’s least restrictive tier of coronavirus restrictions, Burbank’s unemployment rate fell in May after a brief bump in April.
The local joblessness rate dipped from 12.3% in April to an estimated 11.2% in May, according to the most recent monthly figures from the California Employment Development Department, with the number of out-of-work residents falling from roughly 7,300 to 6,700. The lowest rate for the city since April 2020 was last November, when about 6,000 locals were unemployed — a rate of 10.5%.

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Little Change Reported in Local Unemployment

Data Source: California Employment Development Department

Though Los Angeles County reduced coronavirus restrictions last month, Burbank’s unemployment rate moved little, increasing slightly to 11.9%.

About 7,000 city residents remained unemployed in April, according to preliminary data from the California Employment Development Department, up from about 6,800 in March. The local joblessness rate also rose from 11.5% in March. Burbank’s estimated labor force and number of working residents also remained relatively steady in the two months, increasing from 58,900 to 59,200 and 52,100 to 52,200, respectively.

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A Year Into Pandemic, Burbank’s Unemployment Still Elevated

Data Source: California Employment Development Department

Burbank’s unemployment rate last month was significantly higher than it was in March 2020, according to state data, with the gap recently widening slightly.

The city’s unemployment rate bumped up from 11.1% in February to 11.3% in March, according to preliminary data from the California Employment Development Department. While the number of unemployed workers remained constant at 6,600, the number of employed residents fell from 52,400 to 52,200.

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