• 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.

  • This chart tracks the count of employed individuals and the unemployment rate for both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties by year (annual average) over the past decade.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department; June 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-June 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; June 2021]

  • This chart tracks the change in the count of employed individuals for both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties by year since 2011, 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; June 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 May 2021. The indicator shows the pandemic-induced spike in early 2020.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department; June 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 May 2021. The indicator shows the pandemic-induced spike in early 2020.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department; June 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; June 2021]

  • This table shows unemployment rates for a variety of geographies for both the most current month (May 2021) and one year prior (May 2020), as well as the year-over-year change.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department; June 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; June 2021]

  • 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 from the most-recent data (2020 Q4). The table provides current wage data and employment count, as well as the projected employment count with the resulting average annual growth rate for the top ten occupations (by projected employment size).

    [Source: JobsEQ; June 2021]

  • Employment & Unemployment Rate: San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties (2010–20, annual average)

  • Year-over-Year Change in Labor Force: San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties (2010–20, annual average)

  • Year-over-Year Change in Employment: San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties (2010–20, annual average)

  • Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims: San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties (January 2008-November 2020; monthly)

  • Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims: California (January 2008–November 2020; monthly)

  • Industry Employment: San Francisco MD & San Jose MSA (November 2019; August 2020; November 2020)

  • Current Unemployment Rate: Multiple Geographies (current; 1 year prior)

    Region May 2020 May 2021 Annual
    Change
    United States 13.3% 5.8% – 7.5
    California 15.5% 7.5% – 8.0
    San Mateo County 11.3% 4.6% – 6.7
    Santa Clara County 11.3% 4.7% – 6.6
    Cupertino 7.1% 3.7% – 3.4
    Los Altos 5.9% 3.2% – 2.7
    Milpitas 12.4% 4.9% – 7.5
    Mountain View 6.0% 3.0% – 3.0
    Palo Alto 5.4% 2.8% – 2.6
    Santa Clara 9.2% 4.0% – 5.2
    Sunnyvale 7.9% 3.6% – 4.3
    NOVAworks Region 9.9% 4.2% – 5.7
  • Regional Commute Data: San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties (2018)

  • Occupational Projections — Top 10 Occupations: NOVAworks Region (2020 > 2025)

    Occupation Avg. Annual Wage Employment (2020) Employment (2025) Avg.Ann.Growth Rate
    Software & Web Developers & Programmers $ 148,900 67,474 75,202 + 2.2%
    Home Health &Personal Care Aides $ 34,100 24,998 30,151 + 3.8%
    Laborers & Material Movers $ 41,300 26,470 27,150 + 0.5%
    Secretaries & Administrative Assistants $ 62,400 21,593 20,989 – 0.6%
    Building Cleaning Workers $ 42,700 17,449 18,014 + 0.6%
    Business Operations Specialists $ 107,800 16,459 17,560 + 1.3%
    General & Operations Managers $ 173,500 16,524 17,513 + 1.2%
    Computer Support Specialists $ 76,200 15,794 17,145 + 1.7%
    Office Clerks $ 48,500 16,245 16,238 – 0.0%
    Sales Representatives, Miscellaneous $ 106,200 14,963 16,054 + 1.4%
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