March 6, 2002
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- The unemployment rate in Burbank took an unusual 0.6% leap during the month of January, and labor market consultants are attributing the rise to a number of reasons. Yvette Ulloa, economic development manager for Burbank, said the sudden rise locally was caused in part by the new unemployment law that became effective Jan. 1. Gov. Gray Davis passed a law after Sept. 11 that raised unemployment benefits from $230 a week to $330 a week.
March 29, 2013
Like the sluggish box office, the jobs picture in Hollywood isn't looking pretty so far this year. Employment in the motion picture, television and sound recording category fell 7.3% to 114,700 jobs in January, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the latest figures from the state's Employment Development Department. In fact, the employment level in January was the lowest of any month since January 2001, when employment also stood at 106,300 jobs, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
September 25, 2002
Jackson Bell August brought lower unemployment rates than July throughout Los Angeles County, but area authorities said the decline in numbers aren't as straightforward as they seem. "It is dropping because the number of job seekers is decreasing," said Bill Freed, the labor market specialist for California's Employment Development Department. "It's very possible people have become discouraged and have stopped looking for work." Don Nakamoto, a labor market specialist for Glendale, said one of the main factors is the seasonal differences.
April 22, 2009
BURBANK — Jobless rates in Burbank and Glendale are nearing 10%, continuing a steady rise from the start of the year, according to the latest figures released by the state. Unemployment rose to 9.9% in Glendale in March and 9.2% in Burbank, with a combined total of 16,000 job-seekers out of work among the two cities, said Olga Hernandez, labor market specialist for the Employment Development Department. The rates in the two cities were less than California’s record average of 11.2% in March, which was up from 10.6% in February, state figures show.
May 22, 2002
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Local unemployment rates followed a regional trend of stability for April, neither rising nor falling from numbers estimated in March. Los Angeles County's unemployment rate sustained at 6.5%, with Burbank at 4.5% and Glendale at 6.1%. "Normally, employment tends to start expanding after the beginning of the year if we're in a better economic time," said Bill Freed, labor market specialist for California's Employment Development Department.
January 28, 2014
NBCUniversal is laying off more than 160 employees from its Burbank facility, a direct result of “The Tonight Show's” pending move to New York City with Jimmy Fallon as the new host, according to a company spokesperson. NBCUniversal notified the California Employment Development Department last month it would eliminate 164 positions, which the spokesman, who did not want to be identified, confirmed. He said the layoffs will begin on Feb. 14 and be staggered through April 4. He did not know how many of the employees were offered jobs in New York City, but he did say NBCUniversal encourages displaced employees to apply for posts anywhere in the company, including the New York-based “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” He added that the layoffs will impact primarily production-based jobs.
February 20, 2008
BURBANK — More than 100 jobs will be cut from Yahoo’s Burbank campus, less than a week after the Internet giant rejected a $44.6-billion bid from Microsoft to acquire the company, a state agency said Friday. In an apparent move to cut costs, Yahoo is laying off 492 California employees, including 111 at its Burbank headquarters, 236 in Sunnyvale, 91 in Santa Clara and 52 in Santa Monica, according to a notice the company was legally mandated to file with the Employment Development Department.