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Map: Where the Jobless Are

 
Bay Area unemployment rates remain double what they were before the recession.

California's unemployment rate fell for the fourth straight month in November to 11.3 percent, down from a peak of 12.5 percent in December 2010.

The numbers were slightly better in the Bay Area, where the unemployment rates in San Francisco, the East Bay, and the South Bay were below ten percent.

But a closer look at the data, which was released Friday by the state Employment Development Department, shows the region still has a long way to go before the job market recovers.

Despite a booming technology sector, the unemployment rate in most of the Bay Area's 145 cities and towns is still double what it was before the recession began. 

"Unlike previous recessions in California in 80s and early 90s, this recession goes across occupations, across sectors and across income levels," said Michael Bernick, a labor lawyer and former head of the EDD. 

The result is that pain is shared throughout the Bay Area, even in its most affluent sections.

For example, the jobless rate in Mountain View, the headquarters of Google, stood at 6.7 percent in November. In 2007, it averaged 3.4 percent.

In Cupertino, headquarters of Apple Inc., the unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in November. In 2007, it averaged 3.0 percent.

"Even with technology as a driver, the labor market outside of technology is struggling," Bernick said, "and even within technology you have a lot of older tech workers who haven't been able to find a job."

In some parts of the Bay Area, conditions remained dire. In Oakland, the unemployment rate, which was 7.3 percent in 2007, stood at 14.5 percent in November. In Vallejo, the unemployment rate was 13 percent in November up from 6.5 percent in 2007. 

Even in San Jose, which bills itself as the "Capital of Silicon Valley," the unemployment rate stood at 10.1 percent in November, up from 5.2 percent four years ago.

The map below shows the unemployment rate in 145 Bay Area cities and towns.

Click on an area to see details, including the current unemployment rate and the unemployment rate before the recession began. 

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