San Mateo County's unemployment rate was among the lowest in the state in February, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.
The county's unemployment rate came in at 5.9 percent, well below the average for all of California (9.7 percent) and the national average of 8.1 percent.
Between January 2013 and February 2013, the combined employment in the counties of Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo grew by 4,100 jobs to reach 1,011,300 jobs, according to the EDD, which groups those three counties to form a metropolitan division called "West Bay" in its data.
There were 600 new jobs in arts, entertainment and recreation in the region, and 200 new positions in food service and at bars. The area also added 600 construction jobs and 500 positions in "information."
There was no city-by-city breakdown available of where new employment opportunities were created but unemployment was low in most Peninsula cities.
Hillsborough reported the best unemployment rate of any town in the county, at 2.5 percent. San Mateo was better than the county average, at 4.6 percent. The worst was East Palo Alto, at 14.1 percent.San Mateo County Unemployment Data, Feb. 2013AreaUnemployment Rate# of People Employed# of UnemployedAtherton
3.3% 3,100 100 Belmont 5.0% 14,700 800 Brisbane 10.4% 2,200 700 Burlingame
4.2 16,000 300 Daly City
7.3% 53,100 4,200 East Palo Alto
14.1% 11,800 1,900
4.3% 16,800 800 Half Moon Bay 6.0% 6,300 400 Hillsborough 2.5% 4,800 100 Menlo Park 4.7% 16,100 800 Millbrae 3.0% 10,100 300 Pacifica 6.8% 22,200 1,600 Redwood City 5.8% 41,700 2,600 San Bruno 5.1% 22,300 1,200 San Carlos
3.9% 15,800 600
San Mateo4.6%50,3002,400South San Francisco 7.2% 31,100 2,400
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Statewide, California’s unemployment rate decreased to 9.6 percent in February. That's down 0.2 percent from January. The year-over-year change (February 2012 to February 2013) shows an increase of 293,800 jobs, or up 2.1 percent.
The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,500 California households.
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