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 December 2018 December 2019 Annual
Change
United States 3.9% 3.5% -0.4
California 4.1% 3.7% -0.4
San Mateo County 2.0% 1.8% -0.2
Santa Clara County 2.4% 2.2% -0.2
Cupertino 2.2% 2.1% -0.1
Los Altos 2.2% 2.0% -0.2
Milpitas 2.6% 2.4% -0.2
Mountain View 1.7% 1.6% -0.1
Palo Alto 1.9% 1.7% -0.2
Santa Clara 2.3% 2.0% -0.3
Sunnyvale 1.9% 1.7% -0.2
NOVA Region 2.0% 1.8% -0.2

Occupational Projections: Top 10 Occupations (NOVA Region; 2024)

Occupation Avg. Annual Wage Employment (2019) Employment (2024) Avg.Ann.Growth Rate
Software Developers & Programmers $ 134,200 63,709 71,546 +2.3%
Personal Care Aides $ 29,200 21,312 25,581 +3.7%
Secretaries & Administrative Assistants $ 58,300 22,714 22,362 -0.3%
Fast Food & Counter Workers $ 29,600 19,563 21,353 +1.68%
Laborers & Material Movers $ 36,500 20,449 21,046 +0.6%
Building Cleaning Workers $ 36,800 19,834 20,609 +0.8%
Retail Salespersons $ 34,000 18,828 19,146 +0.3%
General & Operations Managers $ 163,900 16,937 18,115 +1.4%
Office Clerks, General $ 46,400 17,305 17,486 +0.2%
Sales Representatives, Services $ 80,800 15,200 16,735 +1.9%