The state's unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent this week, with unemployment in Alameda and Contra Costa counties at 9.2 percent. That’s way up from about 5 percent a year ago.
In all, close to 120,000 people in the East Bay were jobless in January--72,000 in Alameda and 48,000 in Contra Costa, according to the state Employment Development Department. A spokesman for the department told the San Francisco Chronicle that the East Bay's current unemployment rate is the highest since 1990.
But here is some consolation, as if we can find any at this point. We’re nowhere near as bad off as places like Imperial County, way in the furthest southeast corner of the state, where the unemployment rate is at 24 percent: or Colusa County, northwest of Sacramento where the rate is at 26 percent.
Which counties are faring the best in these tough times? Ever-blessed Marin County has the state lowest unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, followed not too far behind by San Mateo (7.2 percent) and San Francisco (8 percent) counties.
The state this week put California's rate even higher, at 10.1 percent. East Bay unemployment, meanwhile, hovers above 9 percent — with 140,000 unemployed workers — up from just over 5 percent a year ago. In San Mateo County, January unemployment stood at 7.2 percent,