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San Francisco leads area in employment growth

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

Employment grew by 2.9 percent in San Francisco to 580,800 jobs in September, according to preliminary numbers from the California Employment Development Department. Job growth in San Mateo County was second highest among Bay Area counties at 2 percent. 

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

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1. San Francisco County — 2.9%
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2. Santa Mateo County — 2%
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3. Napa County — 1.6%
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4. Santa Clara County — 0.7%
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5. Contra Costa County — 0.4%
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6. Alameda County — 0.3%
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7. Marin County — -0.7%
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8. Solano County — -1.1%
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9. Sonoma County — -1.5%

1. San Francisco County

2.9%

2. Santa Mateo County

2%

3. Napa County

1.6%

4. Santa Clara County

0.7%

5. Contra Costa County

0.4%

6. Alameda County

0.3%

7. Marin County

-0.7%

8. Solano County

-1.1%%

9. Sonoma County

-1.5%%

In the San Francisco metropolitan division, which consists of San Francisco and San Mateo counties, construction jobs jumped by 11.3 percent, jobs in software publishing and telecommunications were up 5.1 percent and professional and business employment, such as accounting and legal jobs, grew by 3.4 percent over the last 12 months ending Sept. 30. 

“These are all driving employment growth” in San Francisco, said Asim Khan, senior economist with the city and county of San Francisco. 

Statewide, employment grew by 0.5 percent between September 2018 and September 2019, according to the EDD. 

Source: California Employment Development Department