Santa Clara County employment boom makes it hottest job market

Santa Clara County has the hottest job market in the entire country — by far — according to a new set of government statistics that track the employment picture in the United States.

Over the 12 months that ended in April, the total number of payroll jobs — excluding farm jobs — in Santa Clara County was 6 percent higher than the same month the year before, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Job growth in Santa Clara County is so strong that it’s closing on its its record high for total jobs. That’s a milestone that goes all the way back to the dot-com boom.

What’s more, no other metro area in the nation with a large job base is even coming close to the boom in Santa Clara County.

The San Francisco-San Mateo County region was No. 2 in the country, although a distant section. That region, which consists of San Francisco and the adjacent Peninsula, posted a 4.9 percent increase in annual job growth over the 12 months that ended in April.

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford region of Florida was No. 3, up 4.3 percent.

Rounding out the top five were Riverside-San Bernardino in Southern California, up 4.1 percent, and the Dallas-Irving-Plano region of Texas, also up 4.1 percent.



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  • DC

    So, San Jose Mercury News,
    aka Silicon Beat, did these jobs go to people who lost jobs in the Great Recession, or to
    younger people who displaced the older people who lost their jobs.
    Readers want to know! Don’t BS your readers. Those of us who were raised in the valley, and probably older than you, know what has been happening to jobs and the people who used to have them!

  • Jman

    I assume since we are talking about the Santa Clara that the majority of these jobs are tech related. What percentage of these jobs have gone to Latino men? Im sure they are not proportional to the population of latinos living in Santa Clara county. I work in the tech industry and seeing another latino in the tech industry is like seeing a unicorn. Latino woman are better represented, but nowhere near proportional to the population in Santa Clara. There in lies the real story.