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Friday, March 20, 2009

San Francisco's Employment Report: Things Could Be Much Shittier!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 11:18 AM

click to enlarge Back to the future? - DOROTHEA LANGE, SAN FRANCISCO, 1933 -- FROM THE SFMOMA COLLECTION
  • Dorothea Lange, San Francisco, 1933 -- from the SFMOMA collection
  • Back to the future?
In a case of debating whether the glass is half full or half empty -- but, upon further analysis, realizing the glass contains something nasty -- the state's Employment Development Department this morning released the latest job statistics for San Francisco and the rest of the state.

Woof. Not pretty.

With the numbers gathered for last month in hand, the EDD reports California has a whopping 10.9 percent unemployment rate -- that's right, we're a few out-of-work baristas from hitting 11 percent. Here's the good (or, let us rephrase: not as bad) news: San Francisco's unemployment rate of 8.3 percent is the sixth-lowest among the state's 58 counties. Good for us.

The state's Top Five: 1. Marin (6.8 percent); 2. Mono (7.6); 3. Orange (7.8); 4. San Luis Obispo (8.1); 5. Napa (8.5).

And yet, the bottom-dwellers feature unemployment percentages hearking to the Great Depression -- or present-day Gaza. Colusa County features a sickening 26.6 percent unemployment rate, and Imperial isn't far behind at 24.5 percent.

Other San Francisco fun facts:

  • Between February of 2008 and last month, the total

    number of jobs in San Francisco and the surrounding counties fell by

    30,700 -- that's 3.1 percent

  • Construction lost

    6,800 jobs, retail lost 6,200, financial activities dropped 5,100; and

    leisure and hospitality cut 4,100 -- "mainly at full-service

    restaurants and other food services";

  • Private schools and health services posted a net gain of 1,600 jobs. Perhaps it's the plaid skirts...
View scads of depressing labor data here.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more

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