October unemployment rates in Bellflower, Downey, Lakewood, Long Beach, Norwalk, Paramount and Signal Hill all posted incremental increases of 0.2 to 1.1 percent when compared with September, when each of the cities saw a small decline.
Long Beach's unemployment rate is 11.4 percent, an increase of .2 percent from 11.2 percent last month. In total, Long Beach is showing that 26,700 people were out of work last month, up 600 from September.
Officials believe the increases are due to people re-entering the workforce, likely due to the holiday hiring season.
Compton, which had one of the highest unemployment rates in the area last year with 19.8 percent, posted the largest year-over- year drop, with a 2.4 percentage point decline to 17.4 percent in September. The rate rose to 17.6 in October, with 6,400 people who are out of work.
The numbers are consistent with what many economists have been forecasting for months - that the economic recovery and jobs growth will be slow.
"There's been a moderate, sluggish change that's been happening over the past year," said Ferdinando Guerra, an associate economist at the Kyser Center for Economic Research.
California, as a whole, posted stronger-than- expected job gains in October with employers adding 45,800 workers to payrolls ahead of the holiday shopping season that kicks off with Black Friday next week.
The statewide jobless rate dropped down to 10.1 percent in October, from 10.2percent the month before, according to the state's Employment Development Department.
"This was a very strong month," said Stephen Levy, director of the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy in Palo Alto. "The state has regained the job growth's momentum."
The sector with the largest over-the-month increase was trade, transportation and utilities, which as a group added 24,700 jobs. Education and health services posted the next largest gain, 11,400 jobs.
Professional and business services, which includes white-collar jobs such as accountants and lawyers, added 9,000 jobs.
California employers, however, shed jobs in four industries, with the steepest losses in government, which shrank by 8,600 jobs.
But job losses in the public sector could ease in the coming months with last week's passage of Proposition 30, and dozens of local ballot measures that will boost revenue, economists said.
Prop. 30 is expected to provide the state, school districts, colleges and universities with about $6 billion annually for at least five years by hiking the statewide base sales tax by a quarter-cent and by raising the state income tax for people with taxable incomes of more than $250,000 a year.
In Los Angeles, employers added 41,200 jobs, primarily in local government, but the improved unemployment rate of 11.4 percent is still above the statewide average of 10.2 percent and well above the national rate of 7.8percent.
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