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Unemployment rates rise slightly across tri-city region

March 22, 2013
  • Hundreds of workers seeking jobs attend the Orange County Job Fair at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine March 5, 2013.
Hundreds of workers seeking jobs attend the Orange County… (Mark Boster / Los…)

The unemployment rates throughout the tri-city area rose in January fueled by job losses in retail, motion picture/sound recording and business services.

The jobless rates in Glendale and Burbank each saw a 0.6% increase, climbing to 9.5% and 8.9%, respectively, according to statistics released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

In Pasadena, the unemployment rate rose 0.5% to 8.3%.

The latest figures were still well below the statewide unemployment rate of 9.8%, which put the Golden State in a tie with Rhode Island for the worst unemployment in the U.S., the L.A. Times reported. On the other end of the spectrum, North Dakota had the lowest jobless rate, 3.3%.

The statewide figure, though, while flat for a second straight month, was still a significant improvement from the 11% rate reported in January 2012.

The unemployment rate in the La Crescenta Montrose area increased 0.4% to 5.4%, while in La Cañada Flintridge, the rate edged up slightly 0.3% to 4.2%.

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San Marino and South Pasadena each reported their jobless rates rising by 0.4%, coming in at 5% and 5.4%, respectively.

The L.A. Times contributed to this report.

-- Mark Kellam, Times Community News

Follow Mark Kellam on Twitter: @LAMarkKellam

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