California Unemployment Rate Down Slightly In September

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — California’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September, but remains above the national rate, according to data released Friday by the state’s Employment Development Department.

The state unemployment rate dropped from 12.1 percent in August to 11.9 percent in September, state officials said. The national rate has remained unchanged since July at 9.1 percent.

Bay Area counties were all below the state average, but only a handful—Marin, San Mateo, San Francisco and Napa counties—were below the national average.
Solano County had the highest unemployment rate in the region in September at 11 percent, followed by Alameda County at 10.2 percent and Contra Costa County at 10.1 percent.

Marin County was the lowest, at 7.4 percent. San Mateo County was second lowest at 8 percent and San Francisco third lowest at 8.3 percent.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee released a statement about the city’s rate, which dropped 0.5 percent during the month.

“Today’s unemployment report shows that the city’s tireless efforts to support job creation and drive economic growth such as in the technology, innovation and small business sectors are working,” Lee said.

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  • cpr81

    Yeah! the rate is down because we all ran out ! it funny how the rate goes down and they make everyone beleive it’s because things are getting better still thousands of people out of work the difference is now you have more people without money for their families and losing there homes and cars so don’t be surprised to see more homeless people and more crime because people will do what it takes to feed their families and you sit there and allow the gov’t to still overlook the need of it’s own people but we can give money to the banks and other countries but can’t take care their own people that’s just flat out sad.

  • Darwin

    I hope people start to realize this is all games with numbers. When people’s unemployment runs out and they are no longer collecting money they are not factored in to these calculations anymore. Also, if someone takes a part-time job just to have some cash coming in they are now considered employed, even if they cannot live on what they are making.

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