Data Points

By the numbers: Bay Area employment growth

Not surprisingly, year-over-year job growth in San Francisco was higher than in any other county in the Bay Area in March 2019, the latest period for which data is available. 

Employment grew by 3.9 percent in San Francisco to 7.5 million jobs in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The two counties that make up Silicon Valley rounded out the top three counties in terms of job growth. Employment grew by 2.4 percent in Santa Clara County and 2.3 percent in San Mateo County. 

Here’s how the counties ranked by job growth between March 2018 and March 2019.

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1. San Francisco — 3.9%
2
2. Santa Clara County — 2.4%
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3. San Mateo County — 2.3%
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4. Napa County — 1.4%
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5. Sonoma County — 1%
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6. Alameda County — 0.9%
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7. Marin County — 0.6%
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8. Solano County — 0.5%
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9. Contra Costa County — -0.3

1. San Francisco

3.9%

2. Santa Clara County

2.4%

3. San Mateo County

2.3%

4. Napa County

1.4%

5. Sonoma County

1%

6. Alameda County

0.9%

7. Marin County

0.6%

8. Solano County

0.5%

9. Contra Costa County

-0.3%

Matthew Insco, a BLS economist, said employment growth in San Francisco was led by an increase of 7,363 jobs in the professional and technical services field, which includes engineers, lawyers and accountants.

San Francisco County ranked ninth in job growth among the 355 largest counties in the country. 

Nationwide and statewide, employment grew by 1.4 percent between March 2018 and March 2019, according to the BLS and the California Employment Development Department. 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, California Employment Development Department