Burbank and Glendale bucked the trend of good employment news in January, losing ground even as state and national jobless figures improved.
The unemployment rate in Burbank grew to 10.7% in January, compared to 10.3% in December, according to the state Employment Development Department. In Glendale, the rate grew from 11.1% in December to 11.5% in January.
The seasonally adjusted jobless rates for state and Los Angeles County each dropped by one-tenth of a percent, to 12.4% and 12.9%, respectively. Nationally, the unemployment rate slipped from 9% to 8.9%, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
California’s entertainment sector saw its first significant drop-off in months, shedding nearly 9,000 jobs, or 6.5% of the total, according to the state Employment Development Department. The state’s retail sector shed 14,000 jobs, about 3.5% of the December 2010 workforce.
The figures reflect seasonal adjustments, as retailers release temporary employees after the holidays and work on television shows slows down.