An uptick in hiring in February could provide some optimism for millions of workers still unemployed in the Southland.
The Department of Water and Power is raising water rates for Los Angeles customers to help cover costs associated with meeting new federal environmental requirements.
Overall criminal activity has declined by more than 12.5 percent in the first nine months of 2011 compared with the same period last year.
Violent crime has dropped significantly so far this year — but law enforcement officials give much of the credit for the decline to its civilian partners.
While homicides have dropped significantly in the 12-square-mile area south of the 10 Freeway and west of the 110 Freeway, they may be heading to a new low in 2011.
The unemployment rate in California is expected to top the national rate of 9.1 percent when figures for July are released in coming weeks.
The committee may take as much as another month before a vote to recommend the rate increase.
A community group is joining together to fight proposed water and power rate hikes in Los Angeles.
California saw its jobless rate dip to 11.7 percent in May, but lost an estimated 29,000 jobs, another mixed indicator that reflects the lingering uncertainty over the economic recovery.
A California policy which allows illegal immigrants to pay the same tuition rates as legal residents will not be reviewed by the highest court in the nation.
2011 has seen fewer violent crimes committed in Los Angeles County, according to data released Wednesday.
California’s unemployment rate has dropped to 12 percent, but the number of payroll jobs in the state in March also fell from the previous month.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is cutting its budget more than $400 million by imposing a hiring freeze, reducing nonessential training and eliminating take-home vehicles for executives.
While jobs are still scarce in the public sector — because governments are basically going broke — the private sector appears to be ramping up hiring.
After 96,500 jobs were created in February — with roughly half of the job increases coming nationally — California’s unemployment rate slid to 12.2 percent.