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									State of California EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT Labor Market Information Division 2450 S. Bascom Ave. Campbell, CA 95008

September 18, 2009 Contact: Janice Shriver (408) 558-0689

SAN JOSE-SUNNYVALE-SANTA CLARA METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA (MSA) (SAN BENITO AND SANTA CLARA COUNTIES) Professional and business services led month-over job changes The unemployment rate in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA was 12.0 percent in August 2009, up from a revised 11.8 percent in July 2009, and above the year-ago estimate of 6.4 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 12.1 percent for California and 9.6 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment rate was 12.5 percent in San Benito County, and 12.0 percent in Santa Clara County. Between July 2009 and August 2009, the number of jobs in the South Bay counties of San Benito and Santa Clara fell by 1,700 to total 879,200 jobs.  Professional and business services posted a net decrease of 1,100 jobs. Scattered losses throughout this major industry more than offset a notable gain of 1,200 jobs in employment services, which includes temporary agencies. Information shed 500 jobs over the month. Construction, as well as trade, transportation, and utilities, each trimmed 400 jobs. Wholesale trade and retail trade each dipped by 200 jobs. In contrast, farm-related food processing gained 1,100 jobs over the month. Total farm employment edged upward by 100 jobs.

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Between August 2008 and August 2009, employment in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA, which also includes San Benito County, decreased by 45,400 jobs or 4.9 percent, th marking the area’s 11 consecutive month of job losses on a year-over basis.   Manufacturing contracted by 13,800 jobs, primarily within computer and electronic products. Combined losses within employment services (down by 2,900 jobs); computer systems design (down by 1,700 jobs); and architectural and engineering services (down by 1,000 jobs) accounted for more than half of the cutbacks in professional and business services (down by 9,800 jobs) over the year. Other major industries experiencing reductions included: trade, transportation, and utilities (down by 9,700 jobs); construction (down by 8,400 jobs); information (down by 3,200 jobs); leisure and hospitality (down by 2,000 jobs); and financial activities (down by 1,600 jobs). On the other hand, private health care and social assistance grew by 1,700 jobs, while government recorded job gains at the local level in city government (up by 1,300 jobs) and public schools (up by 700 jobs).

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