Buoyed by increased hiring at hotels, restaurants and theme parks, Southern California added 43,500 jobs in June and saw a year-over-year increase of 400,700 jobs, although unemployment rates ticked up in Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Figures from the state Employment Development Department show Los Angeles County got the biggest employment bump with 28,700 jobs added last month and a year-over-year gain of 209,700 jobs added at a rate of 5.2%.

Most of June’s increases for the county came in leisure and hospitality (14,300 jobs) with additional gains in trade, transportation, and utilities, professional business services, manufacturing, government and construction.

Educational and health services posted the biggest loss of 1,800 jobs, but that was offset by 5,700 jobs added in healthcare and social assistance.

L.A. County’s unemployment rate edged down to 10.6% from a revised 10.7% in May and landed well below the year-ago rate of 17.9% during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Orange County had the next biggest gain, with 8,600 jobs added in June and 114,900 added over the past 12 months at a rate of 7.8%.

The biggest monthly increase, like L.A. County, came in leisure and hospitality, which added 10,000 jobs last month. Much of that boost likely came from increased business at Disneyland and surrounding restaurants and hotels after they were allowed to drop COVID-19 mask restrictions, social distancing and temperature checks on June 15.

Other sectors to post increases included construction (2,000 jobs), manufacturing (1,400) and trade, transportation and utilities (1,100).

Government saw the biggest decline with a loss of 3,000 jobs.

The county’s unemployment rate rose to 6.4% in June. That was up from a revised 5.8% in May but down from 13.3% a year earlier.

  The Latest: Parade of athletes begins at Tokyo Games opening

The Inland Empire added 6,200 jobs last month with a year-over-year gain of 76,100 jobs.

As with the other regions, leisure and hospitality led the way with 3,700 jobs added, followed by increases in educational and health services, trade, transportation and utilities and professional and business services.

The Inland Empire’s construction sector shed 1,500 jobs in June and more losses were seen in government, financial activities and manufacturing.

The two-county region’s unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9% from a revised 7.2% in May but was down from the year-ago level of 13.3%.

California added 73,500 jobs in June with a year-over-year gain of 804,900 jobs — a 5.2% increase — while the state’s jobless rate held steady at 7.7%.

Taner Osman, research manager at Beacon Economics and the UCR Center for Forecasting, said the state needs to boost its hiring.

“While California’s labor market recovery has gained significant momentum in 2021, there is still a substantial jobs deficit compared to pre-pandemic levels and the state’s economy is lagging the national recovery,” Osman said in a statement.

With the pending expiration of extended unemployment benefits,California can’t afford a slowdown associated with a surge in new COVID cases, he said.

…read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *