A line of job seekers wait to get into a Walmart hiring event at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Altadena on Dec. 8, 2012.
Just a year ago, the unemployment rate was 10.7 percent.
“It’s great to be able to report that we are able to make such progress in the unemployment rate,” said Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
Why is the state’s unemployment rate declining?
Last month, California employers added 293,100 jobs, an increase of 1.9 percent, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industries with the highest gains by number of jobs were in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality and education and health services.
There are also fewer people looking for jobs. The civilian labor force in California has dropped by 139,000 people compared to a year ago, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“There are large numbers of people who have totally given up looking for work,” said Alec Levenson, a labor economist at University of Southern California. “That’s a concern for us as a society.”
What is the April unemployment rate in LA County’s largest cities?
April 2013 December 2012
Los Angeles 10.3 percent 11.3 percent
Long Beach 10.2 percent 11.2 percent
Glendale 8.1 percent 8.9 percent
Santa Clarita 5.7 percent 6.2 percent
Torrance 4.6 percent 5.1 percent
Pasadena 7 percent 7.8 percent
Pomona 10.3 percent 11.3 percent
Burbank 7.5 percent 8.3 percent
Santa Monica 7.6 percent 8.4 percent
West Covina 8.2 percent 9 percent
Downey 7.4 percent 8.2 percent
Palmdale 11.6 percent 12.7 percent
Lancaster 13.1 percent 14.4 percent
What is the April unemployment rate for Southern California counties?
Source: State of California Employment Development Department
Riverside 9.6 percent
San Bernardino 9.6 percent
Los Angeles County 9.3 percent
Ventura 6.9 percent
Orange 5.7 percent