Unemployment Rate Drops; As Does Number of Jobs

The East Bay saw its jobless rate fall to 9.0 percent in April while the region lost 2,100 jobs compared to the month before

The unemployment rate in the East Bay fell significantly in April, but the region also lost more than 2,000 jobs.

The state Employment Development Department reported the East Bay's jobless rate dropped to 9.0 percent last month. That compares to 9.8 percent in March.

In Alameda County, the figure was 8.9 percent, down from 9.7 percent. In Contra Costa County, it was 9.1 percent, compared to 9.9 percent.

However, the East Bay also shed 2,100 jobs in April, leaving it with a total of 959,900 people employed. In March, it gained 6,200 jobs.

The biggest decline was seen in private education and health services, which lost 1,000 jobs last month.

In addition, financial activities dropped by 800 jobs while leisure and hospitality services lost 600 jobs.

The only significant gains were seen in trade, transportation and utilities, which increased by 800 jobs.

The discrepancy in the figures is due to two factors.

One is people who give up looking for work aren't included in the unemployment numbers.

The other is the unemployment rate reflects people who live in the area while the jobs figures reflect employment at the businesses in the region.

Most cities in Contra Costa County saw their unemployment rates drop approximately half a percentage point.

Concord's jobless rate dropped to 9.9 percent while nearby Clayton still has the lowest rate in the county at 2.2 percent.

Walnut Creek recorded a 6.2 percent while Pleasant Hill has a 7.4 percent.

In the San Ramon Valley, Alamo tallied a 3.4 percent rate, Danville at 4.8 percent and San Ramon at 3.8 percent.

Martinez came in with a 7.3 percent while Hercules recorded 6.5 percent and Pinole had 6.3 percent.

In Lamorinda, Lafayette stood at 3.3 percent, Moraga at 5.4 percent and Orinda at 3.5 percent.

Jose May 19, 2012 at 04:36 AM
My god. Turn my back for a minute, and all hell breaks loose. The "author" of this article can't match the corrrect form of the verb to the subject in the title, which is "number" for those of us who went to school before the budget cuts. And, and...the readers are quoting the washington times. Why not just quote the John Birch Society newsletters? I am going back to bed to sleep for another 20 years.
Bailey Lee May 19, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Why not quote the NY Times, the home of Jason Blair? http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/11/us/correcting-the-record-times-reporter-who-resigned-leaves-long-trail-of-deception.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm
Jose May 20, 2012 at 01:27 AM
The Jason Blair story was really, really embarassing, and very, very much deserved and needed, but if I were arguing your case, I would go straight to Judith Miller. Judith Miller likely influenced a nation to go to war for WMDs that didn't exist. Since then, I read an occasional NYT article online, but I don't ascribe high confidence to it. Today, most of these media outlets are owned or controlled by corporations or political entities. As a man of considerable experience, wise or otherwise, I have to find objective news when and where I can. There are, on the other hand, rags so obviously compromised by political or corporate bias that they are simply not worth reading. I leave it to you to sort that out, but for me, the Washington Times is in a category with Fox News...not fit for print/viewing.
Redrock May 20, 2012 at 01:46 AM
@ Mori Not just the Washington Times- but the Wall Street Journal! Look what happened to one of the most apolitical publications-- Then Murdoch took it over. It turned into a slimy, USA Today, neo-con rag, and lost over 25 of its' best journalists. The only publication I subscribe to is The New Yorker [weekly magazine], which is the source of all the news that matters.. at least to me. I think I am the only subscriber in Pinole.
Jose May 20, 2012 at 03:13 AM
I hear ya. Like I said, getting actual objective news is catch as catch can. Try The Economist for short updates on what is happening globaly. Right now that is just about all that my "air miles" are good for...magazines.


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