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

NOVA reviews and reposts data published by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) on a monthly basis and posts other relevant data, as it is available, from a variety of other sources, including the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census Bureau, US Patent & Trade Office, and California Department of Finance.

Unemployment Data

Region May 2019 May 2020 Annual
Change
(05/19–05/20)
United States 3.6% 13.3% + 9.7
California 3.6% 15.9% + 12.3
San Mateo County 1.8% 11.1% + 9.3
Santa Clara County 2.2% 11.0% + 8.8
Cupertino 2.0% 7.0% + 5.0
Los Altos 2.0% 5.8% + 3.8
Milpitas 2.5% 12.6% + 10.1
Mountain View 1.6% 5.9% + 4.3
Palo Alto 1.7% 5.1% + 3.4
Santa Clara 1.9% 9.0% + 7.1
Sunnyvale 1.8% 9.7% + 7.9
NOVA Region 2.0% 1.8% - 0.4

Occupational Projections: Top 10 Occupations (NOVA Region; 2025)

Occupation Avg. Annual Wage Employment (2019) Employment (2024) Avg.Ann.Growth Rate
Software Developers & Programmers $ 140,900 62,675 70,085 + 2.3%
Personal Care Aides $ 30,800 26,010 31,031 + 3.6%
Laborers & Material Movers $ 38,600 29,636 30,363 + 0.5%
Secretaries & Administrative Assistants $ 58,900 22,374 22,160 – 0.2%
Building Cleaning Workers $ 39,200 19,700 20,562 + 0.9%
Fast Food & Counter Workers $ 31,900 18,702 20,508 + 1.9%
General & Operations Managers $ 162,700 17,327 18,595 + 1.4%
Retail Salespersons $ 37,700 17,766 17,797 + 0.0%
Business Operations Specialists $ 98,800 16,353 17,764 + 1.7%
Office Clerks $ 47,800 17,354 17,611 + 0.3%