Thousands of Los Angeles education jobs (Click here) are on the chopping block.
Last month, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced it's plans to fire about 4,800 employees. Of those workers, about 1,000 will completely lose their jobs, while the remainder may have the option to take a new position in a different location with lower pay.
The majority of the layoffs will affect employees in clerical, plant management, and facilities division positions. In the latter office alone, 482 employees received notices that their jobs would be cut or transfered, which resulted in 100 people leaving the district and all employees receiving a pay cut.
The school district has been forced to make several rounds of layoffs because of a decrease in state funding and an unbalanced budget. As of late, many employees - led by a Teamsters local union and United Teachers Los Angeles - have been protesting the layoffs.
The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale area's education and health services industry employed 528,100 workers during October, which is up from 517,800 workers during September and a 1.3 percent increase from last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The recent layoffs are bad news for the local economy, which despite adding jobs in recent months, maintains a high unemployment rate. The area's rate increased from 12.4 percent to 12.5 percent during October, which is above the national average at the time of 9.6 percent.
The Los Angeles area had a total non-farm employment of 3,766,900 workers during October, which is up from 3,737,000 workers during September and only a .8 percent decrease from last year, according to the BLS.