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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Unemployment Dropped Steeply in February

Hundreds of local residents returned to work in February following the lifting of statewide coronavirus restrictions, reversing a steep increase in unemployment reported at the beginning of the year.
The Burbank unemployment rate fell from 13.3% in January to 11.2% in February, according to preliminary data from the state Employment Development Department. The drop reversed some of the recent increases in the city’s unemployment rate, which was 10.4% in December.

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Unemployment Dropped Steeply in February

Hundreds of local residents returned to work in February following the lifting of statewide coronavirus restrictions, reversing a steep increase in unemployment reported at the beginning of the year.
The Glendale unemployment rate fell from 12.1% in January to 10.4% in February, according to preliminary data from the state Employment Development Department. The drop reversed some of the recent increases in the city’s unemployment rate, which was at a pandemic-era low of 9.9% in December.
The decrease likely reflects Gov. Gavin Newsom’s lifting of restrictions in state regions whose intensive care units were overburdened. His lifting of the stay-at-home order in late January, which allowed in-person dining to resume outdoors and loosened capacity limits for other businesses, accompanied falling COVID-19 hospitalizations and mounting political pressure, including a recall campaign.

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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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Unemployment Rate Falls, as Does Labor Force’s Size

The unemployment rate in Glendale recently dropped below the Los Angeles County figure for the first time during the pandemic, reaching 10.2% in November. But an estimated 400 fewer people were actually working compared with October’s number.
The lower unemployment rate appears to be due largely to a decrease of about 2,700 people in Glendale’s labor force, putting the total at roughly 101,100 in November, according to preliminary data from the California Employment Development Department. It was the largest one-month drop in the city’s labor force since March to April.
About 2,300 fewer people were unemployed in November compared to October, but it is unclear how many of them found jobs rather than simply left the labor force — meaning they reported they were not working and were not looking for work.

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