Valley continues to add jobs
[email protected] 818-713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonLocal health-care companies added the most jobs, from hospital janitors to registered nurses and administrators. The retail sector came in second for job growth, followed by aerospace. About 5,000 of the jobs were filled by veterans, according to the Alliance. Manufacturing jobs were boosted by two NASA contracts worth more than $2billion that Pratt Whitney has to repair and maintain shuttle engines. Economist Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., says the estimate is reasonable. “Remember the three largest industries in L.A. County are poorly reported by all the government agencies,” Kyser said, referring to international trade, tourism and Hollywood sectors. More than 25,000 jobs were added to the economic engine of the San Fernando Valley in 2007, according to the Economic Alliance. About 175,000 jobs have been created in the Valley in the past seven years. “The No. 1 complaint and concern that our business community expresses to us is that they cannot find qualified workers to fill their available positions,” said Bruce Ackerman, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance. The job estimate only includes new jobs registered through CalJOBS, a partnership among the Alliance, the state Employment Development Department, Los Angeles County and the city. The collaboration seeks to connect job seekers with employers that are hiring.