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October 24, 2017

Bay Area Unemployment Rates Fall to Lowest Levels Since May

Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp takes a look at the latest job numbers and trends.


  • Hiring bounced back in California in September, with 52,200 jobs created, according to the latest numbers from the state Employment Development Department. August data was revised to 7,700 job losses versus the 8,200 that was previously reported.
  • At 1.7 percent year-over-year job growth, the state again outpaced the national rate of 1.2 percent. Nevertheless, national numbers were impacted by hurricanes in September and are likely to be revised in upcoming months. Over the last year, the state has added 280,300 jobs, and its unemployment rate remained at 5.1 percent in September. The number of employed Californians increased by 113,000 from August and is up 183,000 from last September. The number of unemployed Californian residents was up by 13,000 over the month but down by 37,000 compared with September of last year.
  • Half of the September job gains came from local government, which reflects the return of public school teachers. Other sectors that added positions include trade, transportation and utilities, which was up 13,000 jobs, and other services, up 5,200 jobs. Gains in trade and other services reflect increased consumer spending and should further improve.


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