The unemployment rates in Burbank and Glendale declined in December, driven by strong hiring in the retail sector as well as the government and professional/business services, according to the latest report from the state.

The jobless rates in Burbank and Glendale both dropped by 0.5%, to 7.1% and 7.6% respectively, according to statistics released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

In the La Crescenta-Montrose area and La Cañada Flintridge, the unemployment rates dipped by 0.3% in both communities, landing at 4.3% and 3.3%, respectively.

Statewide, the jobless rates dropped to 8.3% from 8.5% in November and 9.8% a year ago.

Retail trade saw significant job growth during December, adding 3,700 jobs, according to the report. Government and professional/business services gained 2,100 positions.

However, the information industry lost 3,700 jobs, mostly in the motion-picture and sound-recording sectors.

-- Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com

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