State of California EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT Labor Market Information Division 2450 S. Bascom Ave. Campbell, CA 95008
July 17, 2009 Contact: Janice Shriver (408) 558-0689
SAN JOSE-SUNNYVALE-SANTA CLARA METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA (MSA) (SAN BENITO AND SANTA CLARA COUNTIES) Manufacturing accounted for more than one-third of year-over job losses The unemployment rate in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA was 11.8 percent in June 2009, up from a revised 11.4 percent in May 2009, and above the year-ago estimate of 6.0 percent. This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 11.6 percent for California and 9.7 percent for the nation during the same period. The unemployment rate was 14.4 percent in San Benito County, and 11.8 percent in Santa Clara County. Between May 2009 and June 2009, combined employment in the South Bay counties of San Benito and Santa Clara remained unchanged with a total of 884,400 jobs. Six major industries gained jobs over the month; four lost jobs; and two recorded no change. • • • • Leisure and hospitality registered a net seasonal increase of 1,100 jobs, mostly in arts, entertainment, and recreation (up 700 jobs). Total farm employment, as well as construction, each grew seasonally by 800 jobs. Professional and business services posted a net increase of 700 jobs, with more than two-thirds of the job gains occurring in professional, scientific, and technical services. Meanwhile, manufacturing lost 2,600 jobs. Contractions in computer and electronic products (down 1,200 jobs) and fabricated metals (down 800 jobs) together accounted for more than three-fourths of the job losses over the month in this major industry. Payrolls at private colleges, universities, and professional schools; and local public schools, each decreased seasonally by 600 jobs.
Between June 2008 and June 2009, employment in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA, which also includes San Benito County, fell by 43,400 jobs or 4.7 percent. • Marking its ninth consecutive month of job losses on a year-over basis, manufacturing decreased by 15,200 jobs over the year. Computer and electronic products absorbed the bulk of those job cuts. Professional and business services pared 9,300 jobs since last June, while trade, transportation, and utilities shed 8,300 jobs. Construction fell by 7,500 jobs or 16.7 percent over the year. On the other hand, private health care and social assistance firms continued to add jobs over the year, with the largest gains occurring in hospitals (up 1,200 jobs) and offices of physicians (up 1,000 jobs).
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