Angelenos Loyal to Their City Despite Gloomy Unemployment Situation


Residents Have Specific Ideas On How Local Job Situation Can Be Improved

MELVILLE, N.Y. (April 29, 2013) — Nearly three-quarters of Los Angeles residents (73 percent) are not considering moving out of the city to find a job, in spite of its 9.9 percent unemployment rate, according to a recent survey conducted by Adecco Staffing US, part of the world’s largest provider of recruitment and workforce solutions. This loyalty remains despite the fact that only one-quarter (26 percent) of non-working LA residents feel confident that they will find a job in the next three to five months, and just 37 percent say they feel confident they will find one within the next six to 12 months.

Among the challenges to finding a job, 18 percent cite Los Angeles’ challenging public transportation system and 26 percent say it’s too expensive to travel to and from interviews.  LA residents also feel a disconnect between the jobs available and the skills they have acquired.  In fact, 34 percent of Angelenos say job applicants do not have the right skills and training for jobs that are currently available, while 29 percent of respondents believe job seekers lack the skills and training for the new jobs and industries that are coming to the area.

“In Los Angeles, like so many other cities around the U.S. we’re seeing a skills mismatch and we all-- businesses, government and residents-- must do our part to close that gap,” said Kristy Willis, senior vice president of Adecco Staffing US.  “One of the first steps is training job seekers in the skills that are needed for the careers of the future.”
When it comes to obtaining those skills, residents feel the state government should actively support the effort. Nearly one-fifth (19 percent) of Angelenos said they think the state should offer free job training programs to improve the employment situation in LA.  Residents also feel the government should take more of a role in incentivizing businesses to hire and train local job candidates (26 percent) and encourage businesses in other industries such as technology and healthcare to come to the city (25 percent).

To offer Angelenos some help with their job search, Adecco will be hosting a “careerathon” on April 30 at Santa Monica Place at Center Place. From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., attendees will be able learn about tips, tools, and resources to help them find employment. Free services will be available throughout the course of the day, including 1:1 career counseling, job search advice, resume tips, mock interviews, and networking opportunities. 

The “careerathon” is part of Adecco’s global “Way to Work” program which is designed to address one of the most serious issues impacting today’s labor market – youth unemployment. Similar careerathons will take place at hundreds of Adecco branches across the country.

“Los Angeles’ – and the nation’s—unemployment problem will not be solved overnight,” Willis said. “But given our position and resources, we believe that Adecco has an opportunity to help make a difference.”

For a link to the full survey results, visit To learn more about Way to Work, visit


This telephone survey was conducted by Braun Research on behalf of Adecco among a sample of 500 Americans in the Los Angeles metropolitan area ages 18 and older. The survey was fielded between April 10th and 15th, 2013. Results have a margin of error of +/- 4.4% at the 95% confidence level.

About Adecco Staffing US
Adecco Staffing US is the nation’s leading provider of recruitment and workforce solutions. It is the pre-eminent workforce management partner for Fortune 500 companies and career advisement expert for American workers, serving all of the key industries and professions that drive the US economy forward. Adecco has more than 900 career centers and, on any given day, connects 70,000 talented workers to the best job opportunities across the country, making them one of America’s largest employers. Visit for more information.

About the Adecco Group:
The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world's leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 29,000 FTE employees and more than 5,800 offices, in more than 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 500,000 colleagues with more than 100,000 clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, outsourcing, consulting, and outplacement. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company.
Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).

About Adecco Group North America:
Every day we provide our clients with the talent they need, and help solve the business challenges they face today – and will encounter tomorrow. Our clients rely on us for a wide range of workforce solutions including:

  • Contingent staffing and direct hire recruitment for large enterprise organizations across all skill sets
  • Workforce solutions and consulting including Managed Services Programs (MSP) & Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)
  • Career transition and leadership consulting
  • Specialty staffing, project solutions and consulting services

Additional information is available through our websites at and

Vannessa Almeida
Adecco Staffing US
(212) 843-1965

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