05/25/2018

Job Reports

April 2018 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Level at 4.3%; Total Employment Loses 8,800
• Labor Force Participation Rate Level Dips to 62.1%
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Slips to #2
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 39,300
• Four Industries Below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment Three Times as High as Bay Area
• Bay Area Provided 39.5% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• Eight California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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March 2018 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Level at 4.3%; Total Employment Gains 2.400
• Labor Force Participation Rate Level Dips to 62.2%
• State Employment Growth Rankings
• Nonfarm Jobs Down 7,200
• 4 Industries below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment More Than Three Times as High as Bay Area
• Bay Area Provided 39% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• 8 California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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February 2018 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Improves to 4.3%; Total Employment Gains 12,800
• Labor Force Participation Rate Level
• State Employment Growth Rankings
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 14,000
• Four Industries below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment Nearly Three Times as High as Bay Area
• Bay Area Provided 39% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• Seven California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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December 2017 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Level at 4.3%; Total Employment Gains 38,600
• Labor Force Participation Rate Eases Down
• State Employment Growth Rankings
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 52,700
• Six Industries below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment More than Twice as High as Bay Area
• Bay Area Provided 40% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• Seven California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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November 2017 Job Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Level at 4.6%; Total Employment Gains 101,900
• Labor Force Participation Rate Nears US Average
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Returns to 1st Place
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 47,400
• Five Industries below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment More than Twice as High as Bay Area
• Bay Area Provided 39% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• Six California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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October 2017 Job Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Level at 4.9%; Total Employment Gains 97,200
• Labor Force Participation Rate Matches Lowest Level from 1976
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Rose to 2nd Place
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 31,700
• Four Industries below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment More than Twice as High as Bay Area
• Bay Area Provided 39% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• Six California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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September 2017 Job Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Level at 5.1%; Total Employment Gains 112,700
• Labor Force Participation Rate Matches Lowest Level from 1976
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Rose to 3rd Place
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 52,200
• Six Industries below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment More than Twice as High as Bay Area
• Bay Area Provided 40% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• Eight California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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August 2017 Job Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Rises to 5.1%; Total Employment Drops 14,100
• Labor Force Participation Rate Remains at Lowest Level Since 1976
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Drops to 7th Place
• Nonfarm Jobs Down 8,200
• Six Industries below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment More than Twice as High as Bay Area
• Bay Area Provided 44% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• Eight California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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July 2017 Job Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.8%; Total Employment Drops 24,900
• Labor Force Participation Rate Remains at Lowest Level Since 1976
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Drops to 5th Place
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 82,600
• 6 Industries below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment More than Twice as High as Bay Area
• Bay Area Provided 44% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• 8 California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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June 2017 Job Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Continues Dropping to 4.7%; Total Employment Down 21,300
• Labor Force Participation Rate Remains at Lowest Level Since 1976
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Remains in 3rd Place Behind Florida and Texas
• Nonfarm Jobs Down 1,400
• 6 Industries below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment More than Twice as High as Bay Area
• Bay Area Provided 44% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• 7 California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally
• Bay Area Paid 40% of Personal Income Tax in 2015 Tax Year

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May 2017 Job Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Continues Dropping to 4.7%; Total Employment Little Changed at 3,600
• Labor Force Participation Rate at Lowest Level Since 1976
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Drops to 3rd Place Behind Florida and Texas
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 17,600
• 6 Industries below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment More than Twice as High as Bay Area
• Bay Area Provided 42% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• 8 California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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April 2017 Job Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Eases to 4.8%; Total Employment Up 27,800
• Labor Force Participation Rate Level Unchanged at 62.1%
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Remains in 2nd Place Behind Florida
• Nonfarm Jobs Down 16,300
• 5 Industries Below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• 2016:Q2 Jobs, Wage & Establishment Data Updated
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment Nearly Twice as High as Bay Area
• Bay Area Provided 42% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• 8 California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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March 2017 Job Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Eases to 4.9%; Total Employment Up 37,100
• Labor Force Participation Rate Level Unchanged at 62.1%
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Remains in 2nd Place Behind Florida
• Nonfarm Jobs Increase 19,300
• 6 Industries Below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists—Central Valley Unemployment Nearly 3 Times as High as Bay Area
• 8 California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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February 2017 Job Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.0%; Total Employment Up 13,800
• Labor Force Participation Rate Eased to 62.1%
• State Employment Growth Rankings – California Drops to 2nd Place Behind Flordia
• Nonfarm Jobs Increase 22,900
• 6 Industries below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Job Gains by Wage Level
• Two-Tier Economy Persists – Central Valley Unemployment Nearly 3 Times as High as Bay Area
• 6 California MSAs in the 10 Unemployment Rates Nationally

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January 2017 Job Report

Highlights for policy makers:
• Unemployment Rate Eases to 5.1%; Total Employment Up 11,000
• Nonfarm Jobs Increase 3,700
• 6 Industries below 2007 Pre-Recession Job Levels
• Two-Tier Economy Persists
• 7 California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally
• California U-6 Unemployment Eases to 11.3%

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