Help Wanted

In this Oct. 1, 2015 photo, a shopper walks past a store with a “Help Wanted” sign in the window, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 12/18/15 – 10:13 AM PST |

Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire both posted healthy job gains in November but California’s net gain amounted to just 5,500 jobs, the smallest monthly increase in more than three years.

It landed well below the 41,200 jobs that were added in October.

The Golden State was outpaced last month by Florida, which saw the biggest monthly increase of 35,200 jobs, followed by Virginia with 14,400, Arizona with 11,900 and North Carolina with 11,400.

But California led the nation in year-over-year job growth with 417,100 jobs added between November 2014 and November 2015. Florida ranked second with 239,600, followed by Texas with 179,300 and New York with 172,000.

Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said California’s meager gain for November will likely see a significant upward revision.

“If you compare the statewide gain of 5,500 jobs with the sum of monthly gains in California’s primary metro areas, they added 21,300 jobs and that accounts for almost 90 percent of the state,” he said. “We’ll find that number revised upward substantially.”

California’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.7 percent in November compared with 5.8 percent the previous month and 7.2 percent a year ago, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

On a local level, Los Angeles County employers added 22,200 jobs in November. That was fewer than the 37,800 that were added the previous month, but the region’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent a month earlier and 8 percent a year ago.

The county’s biggest monthly increase came in trade, transportation and utilities, which added 14,300 jobs. Additional gains were seen in government, educational and health services, professional and business services, financial activities and construction, the latter of which added 500 jobs.

The county’s motion picture and sound recording sector suffered the biggest decline with 3,800 jobs lost.

Bob Bekian, whose Loyal Studios in Burbank produces sequences for such TV shows as “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” “Storage Wars” and other reality shows, said his workflow has shifted.

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