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Unemployment Drops Sharply in California, Including Bay Area

Statewide unemployment is at 10.2 percent.

Bay City News report

Unemployment rates fell sharply across California in September, including in the Bay Area where one county's rate fell below 6 percent, according to a report released Friday by state employment officials.

California's unemployment rate dropped to 10.2 percent in September, compared to 10.6 percent in August, according to the state's Employment Development Department. That rate is also down from 11.7 percent in September 2011.

In the Bay Area, Marin County dropped its state-low rate from 6.3 percent to 5.8 percent over the past month, according to the report.

San Francisco's rate also dropped sharply from 7.4 percent in August to 6.9 percent in September while Solano County, which typically has the highest unemployment numbers in the region, saw its rate fall to 9.3 percent compared to 10 percent in August.

The state's unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,500 households throughout California.

Dee Baucher October 20, 2012 at 07:19 AM
A federal (telephone) survey of 5,500 households throughout the state.... is not an ironclad method of determining real unemployment (including underemployment and lack of potential jobs for those who have given up even looking for jobs). Anyone with gut sense who lives in a California community can sense the despair and profound deterioration in economic stability. We are witnessing most families struggling to make ends meet and barely able to hang on, and many have fallen into tragic circumstances with young children and disabled adults often more neglected than usual. (Marin county and San Francisco will always be exceptions to the economic realities in California, since both areas have extraordinary cushions of wealth which act to insulate them.) It seems pretty obvious that the impending election is causing a lot of "spin" with regards to the national economic temperature readings...but this is just going to lead to a lot of false hype.... and ultimately a very deflated morale after the election.
G Man October 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Sharply? Really?
Eileen M. Harrington October 22, 2012 at 02:24 AM
I still know a lot of folks who are very underemployed and taking $12 per hour jobs because that's all they can get--with Master's degrees and in their 40's. The great recession isn't over and it's effect on Californians is still real.

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