Unemployment in California has increased a bit over the course of the last few months of summer but still proves significantly lower than a year ago. This July 2013 had an unemployment rate of 8.7% in comparison to 10.6% of July 2012. Even more significant is the 12.0% back in July of 2009 right after the recession.
The unemployment rate in San Francisco increased to 5.9% during July from its June rate 5.7%. San Francisco, Marin, and Solano continue to maintain the lowest unemployment rates statewide. Marin County once again continues to lead the state for lowest countrywide unemployment rates (5.3%) while Solano holds the highest at (8.5%). Some high rates to mention are: Imperial (26.1%), Merced (14.6). More densely labor concentrated counties: San Diego (7.8), Los Angeles (10.8).
Click here for Bay Area Unadjusted Unemployment Rates and Historical Unemployment: California, San Francisco, USA Unemployment July 2013