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By Zain Shauk | October 2, 2009
BURBANK — The unemployment rate in Burbank held at 10.2% in August, according to figures released Friday by the California Economic Development Department. The unemployment rate in Glendale crept up to 11% in August, up from 10.9% a month prior when the rate surged a full percentage point, according to the department. Although the figures showed little or no change, labor forces in both cities shrank as fewer job seekers are looking for work, the department reported.
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By Zain Shauk | August 21, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Unemployment rates in Glendale and Burbank jumped full percentage points in July, approaching 11% and mirroring a growth in joblessness seen across the region, according to a report released today by California’s Economic Development Department. The jobless rate rose to 10.9% in Glendale, up from 9.9% in June, and to 10.2% in Burbank, up from 9.2% in the same period, according to the department. Unemployment in Los Angeles County rose to 12.5%, but was seasonally adjusted to 11.9%, up from a seasonally adjusted 11.2% in June.
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By Christopher Cadelago | July 23, 2009
Soiled shirt, sullied jacket — service. Responding to the dour economic situation that has yielded double-digit unemployment rates cross the county, two Burbank dry cleaners are offering their services free of charge to the jobless. Hatched as part marketing scheme, part community outreach, part public service, the pair of dry cleaners are hoping the swelled ranks of the unemployed remember the handout in healthier times, perhaps after securing jobs in crisply starched button-downs and blouses.
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By Christopher Cadelago | June 24, 2009
GLENDALE — With local unemployment back on the rise, several regional educational institutions, including the Burbank Adult School, stand to receive a combined $1.3 million in federal stimulus money for work training programs under a plan approved Tuesday by the Glendale City Council. Glendale Community College, Studio Arts and the Career Development Institute are also among those expected to share the funding. The institutions will bear responsibility for training workers for emerging fields, as well as bringing industry veterans up to speed on technological shifts in the fields of entertainment and health care.
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By Zain Shauk | June 24, 2009
BURBANK — The growing popularity of out-of-state film productions has emerged as the major contributor to the area’s rising unemployment rates, which jumped toward 10% in May after a brief decline in April, experts said. Unemployment rates rose from 8.7% to 9.2% in Burbank and 9.4% to 9.9% in Glendale, matching the figures logged in March, according to a report released Friday by the California Economic Development Department. In December, the jobless rates for Burbank and Glendale were just 7.7% and 8.3%, respectively.
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By Zain Shauk | June 10, 2009
New national unemployment figures released Friday reflect a trend seen locally — the days of sweeping job cuts may be ending, experts say. Although unemployment figures rose nationally in May — from 8.9% to 9.4% — only 345,000 jobs were lost nationwide, about half the average over the last six months, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The change was largely a result of a slowing pace of job cuts, which appears to have also occurred in Glendale and Burbank, experts said.
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By Zain Shauk | May 27, 2009
NORTH HOLLYWOOD — Struggling homeowners sat alongside cash-strapped home shoppers and other attendees during a set of workshops Saturday aimed at helping residents through their financial crises. Some were unemployed and looking for guidance on their job searches; others sought advice on modifying home loans or overcoming growing debts. The workshops, held at Romer Middle School, were organized by Assemblyman Paul Krekorian and aimed at residents within the 43rd Assembly District.
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