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

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 California Employment Development Department.
About 1,100 fewer people were unemployed in November than in 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 not looking for work.
In total, an estimated 5,900 Burbank workers reported being unemployed in November.
While Burbank’s unemployment rate has steadily fallen since May, when it was at a high of 23.9%, the city’s labor force has fluctuated, dropping to 56,800 people in April and rising to 59,000 in June.
Likewise, the Los Angeles County labor force fell from 5.77 million in October to an estimated 4.99 million in November, with the unemployment rate falling from 11.8% to 10.6%.
The unemployment rate fell statewide to 8.2% in November, the lowest level since March, but California, like Burbank, saw losses in both its labor force and total employment. The state’s labor force was down by 327,600 workers from October, and by nearly 600,000 workers since November 2019.
The data released by the EDD is not seasonally adjusted, meaning it does not compensate for changes in weather, holidays and other regular factors.
A statewide health order limiting the capacity of retailers’ indoor operations and banning in-person dining as COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed ICU beds have become scarce has forced many businesses to cut employees’ hours or lay off workers. But because Gov. Gavin Newsom gave that order in December, its impacts are not reflected in the most recent EDD data. The state is being sued over its order.
State officials have said they will not roll back restrictions for Southern California until 15% or more of the region’s adult ICU capacity is available — a scenario that seemed increasingly distant as the figure has been at 0% since Dec. 17.
The national unemployment rate, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics said was at 6.7% in November, is not projected to recover to pre-pandemic levels until at least the end of 2023, according to economic analytics corporation S&P Global.

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About 1,100 fewer people were unemployed in November than in 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 not looking for work.

In total, an estimated 5,900 Burbank workers reported being unemployed in November.
While Burbank’s unemployment rate has steadily fallen since May, when it was at a high of 23.9%, the city’s labor force has fluctuated, dropping to 56,800 people in April and rising to 59,000 in June.
Likewise, the Los Angeles County labor force fell from 5.77 million in October to an estimated 4.99 million in November, with the unemployment rate falling from 11.8% to 10.6%.
The unemployment rate fell statewide to 8.2% in November, the lowest level since March, but California, like Burbank, saw losses in both its labor force and total employment. The state’s labor force was down by 327,600 workers from October, and by nearly 600,000 workers since November 2019.
The data released by the EDD is not seasonally adjusted, meaning it does not compensate for changes in weather, holidays and other regular factors.
A statewide health order limiting the capacity of retailers’ indoor operations and banning in-person dining as COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed ICU beds have become scarce has forced many businesses to cut employees’ hours or lay off workers. But because Gov. Gavin Newsom gave that order in December, its impacts are not reflected in the most recent EDD data. The state is being sued over its order.
State officials have said they will not roll back restrictions for Southern California until 15% or more of the region’s adult ICU capacity is available — a scenario that seemed increasingly distant as the figure has been at 0% since Dec. 17.
The national unemployment rate, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics said was at 6.7% in November, is not projected to recover to pre-pandemic levels until at least the end of 2023, according to economic analytics corporation S&P Global.

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