Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Unemployment in Bay Area bucks trend, ticks down

State adds jobs but jobless rate up
Unemployment in Bay Area bucks trend, ticks down
Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, January 20, 2007

California added 17,200 jobs in December, but its unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent from 4.6 percent the month before, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

Employers in the Bay Area added 6,900 payroll jobs during the month, while area jobless rates moved downward.

In the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan area, the region hit hardest by the dot-com bust, employers added 1,200 payroll jobs, bringing the area's total to 896,900, the department said.

For the year, industry employment in the San Jose area rose by 15,800 jobs, a gain of 1.8 percent. The year's biggest growth areas were leisure and hospitality, which added 3,100 jobs; professional and business services, which added 2,900 jobs; and private educational and health services, which increased by 2,400 jobs.

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E-mail Carolyn Said at csaid@sfchronicle.com.

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