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Unemployment Decreases In East Bay

East Bay rate drops 0.2 percent to 8.2 in December. Concord has highest rate in area: 8.9 percent. Did you lose or land a job recently? Share your story.

The jobless rate in the East Bay continues to slowly decline.

The Employment Development Department reported Friday that the unemployment rate in the East Bay dropped to 8.2.

That was down from 8.4 percent in November and the 9.3 percent recorded in December 2011.

Some local unemployment rates for December:

  • Clayton — 2.0 percent.
  • Concord — 8.9 percent.
  • Lafayette — 2.9 percent.
  • Martinez — 6.5 percent.
  • Pleasant Hill — 6.6 percent.
  • Walnut Creek — 5.5 percent.

Both Contra Costa and Alameda counties had jobless rates of 8.2 percent last month, down slightly from November.

Overall, the East Bay added 100 jobs to its workforce last month.

There are now 21,500 more jobs in the East Bay than there were a year ago. The total workforce is 979,300.

The big question: Is it easier to find a job than it was a year ago?

Why or why not? Where are the jobs for those who are looking?

Jed January 22, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Commented on MARTINEZ PATCH, Jan 22 2013... File this under DUH! Temporary help hired for the Christmas (and other) Holidays will put a spike in the statistics for those "looking for employment" and "umemployment benefits" numbers but will show no effect on those not receiving unemployment benefits or those looking for work but aren't finding any. January will show a marked drop in these numbers but the reality of this all is the job situation is NOT getting better and both the government and media are trying to hype the figures in a vain attempt to make the current administration look credible. The true numbers for those out of work are MUCH GREATER than reported by the gov't or mediae. For those seeking jobs (but not "in the system") it is all so very bleak and discouraging. Not until the government eases business regulations and taxation, with California leading the way in being unfriendly, towards small business and not until jobs stop being lost to overseas countries will this turn around. Having a source of cheap slave labor (read "illegals") will not help American citizens seeking employment either. Our country needs to turn around, but with the current load of politicos getting fat off the backs of people; this isn't going to happen. How's that Hope & Change working for you now? I HOPE our country can CHANGE BACK to what it was 30 or 40 years ago! LOSE these LOSERS presently "in charge" -- you (re)elected them - you live with them!
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lada January 23, 2013 at 01:17 AM
jed You are a sorry person

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