Bay Area jobless numbers dropped in April after a small uptick in March, part of a statewide and national trend, according to state employment officials.
Private educational and health services led year-over job changes.
The state's unemployment rate in April was 10.5 percent according to the California Employment Development Department, down slightly from March's 11 percent rate. That number was down from 11.8 percent in April 2011.
The overall unemployment rate in the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward stood at 9.0 percent in April, down from a revised 9.8 percent in March, and below the year-ago estimate of 10.2 percent.
This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 10.5 percent for California and 7.7 percent for the nation during the same period.
The unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in Alameda County, and 9.1 percent in Contra Costa County.
Even so, between March 2012 and April 2012, the total number of jobs located in the East Bay counties of Alameda and Contra Costa decreased by 2,100 jobs, falling to 959,900.
Private educational and health services reduced payrolls by 1,000 jobs. Health care cut
back 800 jobs, while private schools fell by 200 jobs.
Financial activities saw a decline of 800 jobs over the month. Finance and insurance
accounted for most of the loss (down 600 jobs).
Other industries with job losses of at least 400 included: leisure and hospitality
(down 600 jobs), professional and business services (down 500 jobs), and
manufacturing (down 400 jobs).
Meanwhile, trade, transportation, and utilities, posted a net gain of 800 jobs, better than its average 1,100-job decrease between March and April over the prior 10 years. Transportation, warehousing, and utilities accounted for most of the gain (up 600 jobs).
Between April 2011 and April 2012, the total number of jobs located in the East Bay increased
by 8,300 jobs, or 0.9 percent.
Private educational and health services added 5,700 jobs over the year, nearly all in
health care and social assistance (up 5,400 jobs).
Professional and business services increased payrolls by 3,500 jobs. The gain of
4,300 jobs in professional, scientific, and technical services more than offset the decline
of 1,200 jobs in administrative and support and waste management services.
Trade, transportation, and utilities rose by 3,200 jobs. Wholesale trade; retail trade; and
transportation, warehousing, and utilities posted job gains of 1,600, 1,000, and 600
On the downside, government continued to trim jobs. Local government entities (including public schools) felt the greatest impact, down by 3,500 jobs over the year.
San Francisco's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in April, sharply down from March's rate of 8.1 percent. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee hailed the news as a sign that job creation efforts are meeting with success.
"As today's unemployment report demonstrates, we are making significant progress putting people back to work in neighborhood small businesses, tech and innovation companies and active construction sites," Lee said in a statement.
Marin County, which has the lowest jobless rate in the state, dropped to 6.4 percent from March's 6.6 percent.
Solano County, which has the highest unemployment rate in the Bay Area, also saw a decline, from 10.9 percent in March to 10.2 percent in April.
The national unemployment rate also declined in April to 8.1 percent from 8.2 percent in March.
The state's unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,500 households around California.