Over nearly the last two years, unemployment has fallen in the seven urban regions of the Bay Area, according to the latest data released Friday (May 17) by the California Employment Development Department.
Unemployment was the lowest in the San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco area, which consists of San Francisco and San Mateo counties, at 2% in April. That's down from 2.7% in May 2017.
In San Mateo County alone unemployment was 1.9% last month, the lowest of any Bay Area county, according to state employment officials.
In the Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley area, which consists of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, the jobless rate last month was 2.7%, down from 3.5% nearly two years ago.
The jobless rate in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara region, consisting of Santa Clara and San Benito counties, was 2.4%, down from 3.1% in May 2017.
In the Santa Rosa area, unemployment dropped to 2.6% from 3%. In the Napa area, the jobless rate fell to 2.7% from 3.2% and in the Vallejo-Fairfield area the jobless rate was 3.7%, down from 4.4%.
Unemployment in the area around San Rafael was 2.1% in April, down from 2.7% about two years ago.