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Job growth continued an upward trend, and reached over a decade high.
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Job Growth
Number of Silicon Valley Jobs with Percent ChangeOver Prior Year
Silicon Valley
Note:

Percent change from 2012 to 2013 is based on unsuppressed numbers. Percent change for prior years is based on QCEW data totals with suppressed industries.

Data source:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW); EMSI
Analysis:

BW Research

The total number of jobs in Silicon Valley has surpassed pre-recession levels, and continues to grow.
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Relative Job Growth
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, San Francisco County, Alameda County, California, and the United States
Data source:
United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Analysis:

BW Research

Average annual employment increased across nearly all sectors.
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Silicon Valley Major Areas of Economic Activity
Average Annual Employment
Data source:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages; EMSI
Analysis:

BW Research

Unemployment declined across almost all races/ethnicities.
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Unemployed Residents' Share of the Working Age Population
Residents Over 16 Years of Age, by Race/Ethnicity
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
Note:

Other includes the categories Some Other Race and Two or More Races in 2008-2012. Data for Two or More Races is not available for San Mateo County for 2007.

Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey
Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Physical engineering and computer talent is driving growth in S&E employment
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Science & Engineering Talent by Category
Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Data source:
U.S. Census Bureau. 2000 Decennial PUMS. 2011 American Community Survey
Analysis:
Collaborative Economics
The regional unemployment rate continues a downward trend.
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Monthly Unemployment Rate
Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, California, and the United States
Note:

Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and California data for November 2013 are Preliminary.

Data source:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (CPS) and Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)

Analysis:

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies