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.