For second consecutive month, local jobless rates hold steady

For the second  month in a row, local unemployment figures were unchanged in October, according to the latest state report.

The jobless rates in Burbank and Glendale remained at 7.6% and 8.2%, respectively, according to statistics released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

In the La Crescenta-Montrose area, the unemployment rate held steady at 4.6% and it didn’t budge from 3.6% in La Canada Flintridge.

Statewide, the jobless rate dropped to 8.5%, down from 8.7% in October and a significant improvement from 9.9% a year ago.

The bulk of the job gains came in retail, which added 18,800 jobs, followed by transportation, warehousing and utilities, which tacked on 2,400 jobs.

-- Mark Kellam,

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