While employment typically ticks up at the end of the year with seasonal hiring, the number of people living in San Francisco with a job dropped by 3,300 in December to 543,300, the first December dip since 2009.
That being said, there are still 77,800 more people living in San Francisco with paychecks than there were at the end of 2000, an increase of 106,600 since January of 2010 and 6,900 more than at the same time last year. And with the labor force in San Francisco having shed 4,300 people in December, the unemployment rate dropped from 3.1 to 3.0 percent.
In Alameda County, which includes Oakland, while the unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent, employment dropped by 4,200 in December to 804,400, the first December drop since 2009 as well, but remains 11,100 higher than at the same time last year, an increase of 112,400 employed residents since January 2010.
And while the unemployment rate across the greater East Bay dropped to 3.9 percent, employment dropped by 8,000 to 1,338,600 in December.
Up north, employment in Marin County slipped by 400 to 140,200 while the unemployment rate dropped to 2.9 percent. And down in the valley, while the unemployment rate in San Mateo County dropped to 2.7 percent, employment dropped by 2,600, with employment dropping by 6,600 to 1,015,500 in Santa Clara County as its unemployment rate dropped to 3.3 percent.