More Burbank residents were unemployed and without health insurance last year than in 2007 and 2009, respectively, according to 2011 census estimates released this week.
Unemployment among Burbank workers reached 8.4% in 2011, up from 5.2% in 2007, highlighting the crippling effects of the economic crisis, which has cost millions of Americans their jobs and homes. But Burbank workers proved to be better off than Americans nationwide, as the national unemployment rate reached 10.3% last year, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
According to the data, more of Burbank’s labor force reported working from home — 5.9% in 2011, compared to 3.2% in 2007.
More Burbank residents were also without health insurance last year —16.5% — than in 2009, when the rate was down to 12%. The percentage is higher among employed workers — 21.1% of the city’s employed workers lacked health insurance in 2011, up from 12% in 2009.