While the State’s Stay Home Order were lifted in January and local restrictions on indoor dining, gyms, museums and other indoor attractions were relaxed in early March, with bars having since been allowed to reopen as well, the number of people living in San Francisco with a paycheck actually inched down by 1,700 in April to 511,600.
And while there are now 32,900 more employed residents in San Francisco than there were at the same time last year, there are still 59,200 fewer employed residents in the city than there were prior to the pandemic and the labor force is down by 43,400,for an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent (versus 2.8 percent prior to the pandemic and 13.0 percent at the same time last year).
At the same time, while the unemployment rate across the East Bay inched down to 6.6 percent last month, the number of employed residents actually dropped by 18,000 to 1,424,200, which is 120,500 more than at the height of the pandemic but 135,300 fewer than in February of last year with 84,800 fewer people in the labor force as well.
Employment in both San Mateo and Santa Clara slipped last month as well, by 1,700 and 6,200 respectively. And as such, while there are now 95,500 more people employed in the Valley (1,357,300) than there were at the height of pandemic, there are still 120,800 fewer than there were prior to the pandemic, with 86,800 fewer people in the labor force (1,427,800) for an average unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.
A total of 44,700 jobs have been recovered across Marin, Napa and Sonoma since April of last year, but the number of employed North Bay residents (411,700) is still down by 42,000 versus prior to the pandemic, with 30,800 fewer people in the combined labor force (435,600) for an average unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.
And as such, while there were nearly 300,000 (293,600) more people in the Bay Area with a paycheck at the end of last month than there were at the same time last year, there are still 357,300 fewer than there were prior to the pandemic, and 31,700 fewer than in March, with 245,800 fewer people in the labor force for a Bay Area unemployment rate of 5.7 percent.