Alameda County's unemployment rate now at 4.5%, below state's rate of 5.8%

State gains 2.1 million jobs since economic recovery began in February 2010

The number of workers without jobs in California decreased last month from the previous month and the number of nonfarm payroll jobs increased.

New data from the California Employment Development Department, based on two separate surveys, show the state's unemployment rate decreased to 5.8% in October from 5.9 percent in September, while nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 41,200.

The number of nonfarm payroll jobs added in October makes for a total gain of 2,131,800 jobs since the recovery began in February 2010, according to EDD officials.

The number of nonfarm payroll jobs comes from a survey of 58,000 California businesses. The data from the survey shows that the number of nonfarm payroll jobs increased in the state by 465,000, or 2.9%, from October 2014 to October 2015.

In the Bay Area, Alameda County's unemployment was 4.5% in October. In Contra Costa County, it was 4.7% and in Solano County, 5.6%.

San Mateo County had the lowest number of

unemployed workers at 3.2%, followed by Marin County at 3.3% and San Francisco at 3.4%.

Unemployment figures are taken from a federal survey of 5,500 households throughout the state.

The data from that survey reveals that the state's unemployment rate has dropped significantly when compared to October 2014, when the rate was 7.2%, according to the EDD.

Last month, there were about 1,095,000 workers without jobs in California, down by 26,000 from the previous month, and down by 271,000 when compared with October 2014.

The national unemployment rate also decreased in October from the previous month, to 5%, EDD officials said.

Daniel Montes, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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6 people like this
Posted by Elephant in the room
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 23, 2015 at 9:10 am

What is the true employment/unemployment rate when you factor in the masses who have given up and left the work force?

4 people like this
Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm

The California Employment Development Department = Moonbeam Joke!
Counting the holiday temp jobs!! LOL

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Posted by West side Observer
a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 24, 2015 at 9:22 am

Dear Ele,

Every responsible information source should have those figures ready to be inserted into the lead of every unemployment story.

3 people like this
Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 30, 2015 at 4:41 pm

I know plenty of people who are technically employed but who have to take lower paying jobs. How to lie with statistics 101 is what the unemployment rate truly is.

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