04/24/2019

Job Reports

February 2019 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:

• Unemployment Level at 4.2%; Employment Up 18,000
• Labor Force Participation Rate Rises to 62.8%
• Labor Force by Age
• Employment Growth Ranking—California Remains 1st
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 14,600 for Month; California Remains Ranked #2 for 12-month Gain
• Jobs Change by Industry
• Structural Shifts in State’s Economy
• Unemployment Rates by Region
• Unemployment Rates by Legislative District
• Employment Growth by Region
• 20 MSAs with the Worst Unemployment Rates
• Chart of the Month: Manufacturing Employment

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January 2019 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:

• Unemployment Rises to 4.2%; Employment Up 35,200
• Labor Force Participation Rate Rises to 62.7%
• Labor Force by Age
• Employment Growth Ranking—California Back to 1st
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 24,500 for Month; California Remains Ranked #2 for 12-month Gain
• Jobs Change by Industry
• Structural Shifts in State’s Economy
• Unemployment Rates by Region
• Employment Growth by Region
• 20 MSAs with the Worst Unemployment Rates
• Chart of the Month: WARN Act Notices

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December 2018 Jobs Report

Highlights for policymakers:

• Unemployment Rises to 4.2%; Employment Up 68,700
• Labor Force Participation Rate Rises to 62.5%
• Employment Growth Ranking—California Stays in 2nd
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 24,500 for Month; California Remains Ranked #2 for 12-month Gain
• Jobs Change by Industry
• Structural Shifts in State’s Economy
• Unemployment Rates by Region
• Employment Growth by Region
• Unemployment Rates by Legislative District
• 10 MSAs with the Worst Unemployment Rates

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November 2018 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:

• Unemployment Rate Level at 4.1%; Total Employment Up 73,200
• Labor Force Participation Rate Level Up to 62.3%
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California 4th Highest
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 36,400
• 4 Industries Still 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 37.6% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• 8 California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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October 2018 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:

• Unemployment Rate Level at 4.1%; Total Employment Up 54,600
• Labor Force Participation Rate Level at 62.1%
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California 4th Highest
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 36,400
• Four Industries Still 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 37.9% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• Six California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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September 2018 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:

• Unemployment Rate Level at 4.1%; Total Employment Up 34,600
• Labor Force Participation Rate Level at 62.0%
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Remains at 5th
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 13,200
• Four Industries Still 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 39.5% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• Six California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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August 2018 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:

• Unemployment Rate Level at 4.2%; Total Employment Up 7,300
• Labor Force Participation Rate Level at 61.9%
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Remains at 5th
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 44,800
• Four Industries Still 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 40.4% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• Seven California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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July 2018 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:

• Unemployment Rate Level at 4.2%; Total Employment Up 13,500
• Labor Force Participation Rate Level at 61.9%
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Drops to 5th
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 46,700
• Four Industries Still 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 40.4% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• Nine California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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June 2018 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:

• Unemployment Rate Level at 4.2%; Total Employment Down 8,900
• Labor Force Participation Rate Level Continues Dip to 61.9%
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Drops to 3rd
• Nonfarm Jobs Little Changed at 800
• Four Industries Still 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 39.6% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• Eight California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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May 2018 Jobs Report

Highlights for policy makers:

• Unemployment Rate Level at 4.2%; Total Employment Loses 7,000
• Labor Force Participation Rate Level Dips to 62.0%
• State Employment Growth Rankings—California Still at #2
• Nonfarm Jobs Up 5,500
• 4 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 39.5% of Net Employment Growth Since Recession
• 8 California MSAs in the 10 Worst Unemployment Rates Nationally

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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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