City sees smaller workforce, fewer jobs in August

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By Gina Ender

Santa Clarita’s unemployment rate grew and workforce shrank in August, marking the third month in a row that the jobless rate has increased.

The jobless rate was 4.9 percent last month, up from 4.8 percent in July, according to the State of California’s Employment Development Department.

Prior to this decrease, the number of people with jobs had increased for five months. Of Santa Clarita’s 98,300-person workforce, 4,800 people were jobless in August.

Comparatively, 4,700 of the 98,500 people in the labor force were without a job in July.

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