San Francisco's Employment Report: Things Could Be Much Shittier!
|Dorothea Lange, San Francisco, 1933 -- from the SFMOMA collection|
|Back to the future?|
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...