Local unemployment rates edged up slightly in May, even as the motion picture and sound recording industries — major business drivers in the area — posted strong job growth, according to the latest figures released today.
In Glendale, the unemployment rate increased to 10.6% in May, up from 10.3% the month before. The rate increased to 9.9% in Burbank, up from 9.7% in April, according to the California Employment Development Department.
In the area served by the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board, which includes Burbank, Glendale, La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge, the unemployment rate was at 10%, far lower than the 12.3% for Los Angeles County.
In La Cañada , the unemployment rate was 4.7%, according to the state. The rate was 6% in La Crescenta.
Despite the slip in employment gains, Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, said gains in the entertainment industries meant not all was sour.