• NOVAworks is your one-stop resource for employment and workforce data that enhance the quality of labor market information available to job seekers, employers, educators, and other stakeholders throughout Silicon Valley.

    NOVAworks reviews and reposts data published by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) on a regular basis and posts other relevant data from a variety of other sources, including the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Patent & Trade Office, and the California Department of Finance.

    To navigate through the various charts, you can either select a chart of interest from the Table of Charts at left or use the “Previous Chart” and “Next Chart” buttons below.

    [Updated: 11/21]

  • This chart tracks the count of employed individuals and the unemployment rate for both San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties by year from 2011 to 2020 (annual averages) and 2021 (January to October average).

    [Source: California Employment Development Department; September 2021]

  • This chart tracks the change in the labor force for both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties from one year to the next from 2011 to 2020 (annual averages) and 2021 (January to October average). The chart’s columns are based upon percentage changes, but the numeric change is also indicated above or below the respective column.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department; November 2021]

  • This chart tracks the change in the count of employed individuals for both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties by year from 2011 to 2020 (annual averages) and 2021 (January to October average) referencing the data in the "Historic Labor Force" chart. The chart’s columns are based upon percentage changes, but the numeric change is also indicated above or below the respective column.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department; November 2021]

  • This line chart shows the number of initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims filed within San Mateo County (green) and Santa Clara County (blue) on a monthly basis from January 2008 to October 2021. The indicator shows the pandemic-induced spike in early 2020.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department; November 2021]

  • This line chart shows the total number of initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims filed within the state of California on a monthly basis from January 2008 to October 2021. The indicator shows the pandemic-induced spike in early 2020.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department; November 2021]

  • Employment by industry (2-digit NAICS code) for the combined San Francisco Metropolitan Division (San Francisco & San Mateo counties) and San Jose Metropolitan Statistical Area (Santa Clara & San Benito counties), showing totals for one year ago, one quarter ago, and the most recent month. The columns at the far right show numeric and percentage changes for both quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department; November 2021]

  • This table shows unemployment rates for a variety of geographies for the most current month, one month prior, and one year prior.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department; US Bureau of Labor Statistics; November 2021]
  • This table shows the number of workers who reside within the combined San Mateo County/Santa Clara County region, the number of workers who commute into this region, and the number of residents who commute out. The sum of these show the daily net increase of workers into the region.

    [Source: U.S. Census Bureau, On-the-Map Tool; November 2021 — data as of 2019]

  • Using current data and algorithms, this proprietary data source projects the growth of occupations within the NOVAworks region (San Mateo County and northern Santa Clara County) five years out. The table provides current wage data and employment count, and projected employment, and calculates the anticipated average annual growth rate for the top ten occupations (by projected employment size).

    [Source: JobsEQ; November 2021]
  • Employment & Unemployment Rate: San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties (2011–20, annual averages; 2021 year to date)

  • Year-over-Year Change in Labor Force: San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties (2011–20, annual averages; 2021 year to date)

  • Year-over-Year Change in Employment: San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties (2011–20, annual averages; 2021 year to date)

  • Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims: San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties (January 2008-July 2021; monthly)

  • Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims: California (January 2008–July 2021; monthly)

  • Industry Employment: San Francisco MD & San Jose MSA (September 2020; June 2021; September 2021)

  • Current Unemployment Rate: Multiple Geographies (September 2020; August 2021; September 2021)

    Region Sept 2020 Aug 2021 Sept 2021 Monthly
    Change
    Annual
    Change
    United States 7.8% 5.2% 4.8% –0.4 –3.0
    California 10.5% 7.5% 6.4% –0.9 –4.1
    San Mateo County 7.6% 4.6% 3.8% –0.8 –3.0
    Santa Clara County 7.4% 4.7% 3.9% –0.8 –3.5
    Cupertino 5.1% 3.9% 3.2% –0.7 –1.9
    Los Altos 4.4% 3.5% 2.8% –0.7 –1.6
    Milpitas 8.1% 5.2% 4.3% –0.9 –3.8
    Mountain View 4.1% 3.1% 2.5% –0.6 –1.6
    Palo Alto 4.0% 3.2% 2.6% –0.6 –1.4
    Santa Clara 6.3% 4.1% 3.4% –0.7 –2.9
    Sunnyvale 5.3% 3.6% 3.0% –0.6 –2.3
    NOVAworks Region 6.7% 4.3% 3.5% –0.8 –3.2
  • Regional Commute Data: San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties (2018)

  • Occupational Projections — Top 10 Occupations: NOVAworks Region (2021 > 2026)

    Occupation Avg. Annual Wage Employment (2021) Employment (2026) Avg.Ann.Growth Rate
    Software & Web Developers, Programmers $ 149,100 65,960 72,831 + 2.0%
    Laborers & Material Movers $ 41,300 26,166 26,510 + 0.3%
    Home Health &Personal Care Aides $ 34,200 24,494 29,295 + 3.6%
    Secretaries & Administrative Assistants $ 62,800 20,739 20,009 – 0.7%
    Business Operations Specialists $ 108,000 19,731 20,821 + 1.1%
    General & Operations Managers $ 173,500 17,410 18,248 + 0.9%
    Building Cleaning Workers $ 42,700 16,722 17,107 + 0.5%
    Office Clerks $ 48,500 15,957 15,791 – 0.2%
    Sales Representatives, Miscellaneous $ 106,200 15,571 16,552 + 1.2%
    Computer Support Specialists $ 76,300 14,379 15,516 + 1.5%