Berkeley's November Unemployment Rate Lowest Monthly Rate Since May

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Berkeley's unemployment rate decreased slightly to 10.7 percent in November, the lowest it has been since May, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

The rate dipped slightly from 11.0 percent in October and is lower than the rate for every month since May, when it stood at 10.3 percent.

The average of all monthly rates for Berkeley in 2009 through November now stands at 10.4 percent.

The November 2008 unemployment rate for Berkeley was 6.9 percent, according to the department. It increased rapidly through March 2009 when it was 10.1 percent, the first time Berkeley had a double-digit unemployment rate since at least January 2000, when the department began tracking monthly unemployment rates for Berkeley.

Berkeley's labor force in November was 59,200, of which 6,300 were unemployed, according to the department.

Unemployment rates for nearby cities varied greatly. Oakland's November rate was 16.8 percent and Richmond's rate was 17.9, according to the department. In contrast, Albany's rate was 4.4 percent and Emeryville's was 8.3. The average rate for Alameda County was 11.2 percent.

California's comparable unemployment rate stood at 12.2 percent in November and the national rate was 9.4 percent, according to the department.

Unemployment figures for December will be available Jan. 22.


Tomer Ovadia is the city news editor. Contact him at [email protected]

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