Unemployment rates in the Bay Area's metropolitan areas stayed consistent from April to May, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday, despite a net gain of more than 10,000 jobs.
The state numbers, which have not yet been adjusted for seasonal conditions, show that the Oakland metropolitan area, which encompasses Alameda and Contra Costa counties, stayed at 9 percent unemployment despite an overall loss of 400 jobs from April; the San Jose metro area, which includes Santa Clara and San Benito counties, checked in at an 8.4 percent unemployment rate, the same as the revised April numbers, despite gaining 4,900 jobs; and the San Francisco metro area, which brings together San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties, stayed at 7 percent unemployment despite 6,300 jobs created.
Santa Cruz County saw a large drop in unemployment, from 11.9 percent in April to 10.4 percent in May, but large drops in the county's unemployment rate in the spring is expected due to the large number of agricultural jobs in the area.
Adjusted jobs numbers will be available later Friday, which will change these results to make up for large seasonal swings such as the one seen in Santa Cruz. For instance, the unadjusted unemployment rate for California was 10.4 percent in May, and it was 7.9 percent for the United States; the adjusted rates for May were 10.8 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively.
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