• 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; March 2021]

    Analysis: Employment for the first three months of 2020 followed a similar trajectory as in recent years. When COVID struck in March 2020, employment in both counties fell and unemployment rose to historic highs that exceeded even the effects of the Great Recession (2008–09). When the monthly tallies of 2020 were averaged across the year, employment had fallen to levels comparable to 2015 and the unemployment rate had risen to levels comparable to 2012 or ’13.

  • This chart tracks the change in the labor force for both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties from one year to the next over the past decade. 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; March 2021]

    Analysis: The labor force, which is the sum of all employed and unemployed individuals, had grown steadily since the Great Recession (2008–09) but fell dramatically in 2020 as the COVID pandemic and shelter-in-place orders implemented in March 2020 resulted in many people leaving the labor force, presumably out of frustration in finding work.

  • This chart tracks the change in the count of employed individuals for both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties by year over the past decade, 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; March 2021]

    Analysis: As was shown in the “Historic Labor Force” chart, employment in 2020 was impacted by the COVID pandemic and shelter-in-place orders implemented in March 2020. As a result, employment fell in 2020 in greater volume and at a greater rate than the decline in the labor force (Chart: Labor Force Change), since the majority of individuals affected, although unemployed, remained in the labor force.

  • 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 November 2020.

    The extraordinary number of claims filed across all geographies since the implementation of the shelter-in-place restrictions (March 2020) peaked in April.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department]
  • This line chart shows the number of initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims filed within the state of California on a monthly basis from January 2008 to November 2020.

    The record number of claims filed statewide since the implementation of the shelter-in-place restrictions (March 2020) peaked in April.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department]
  • 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. As shown by these data, all industry sectors were impacted by recent events, but the industry most affected was Leisure & Hospitality, which consists of the accommodation, food services, and performing arts subsectors.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department]
  • This table shows unemployment rates for a variety of geographies for both the most current month and one year prior, and the year-over-year change.

    [Source: California Employment Development Department; US Bureau of Labor Statistics]
  • 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 to the region.

    [Source: US Census Bureau]
  • 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]
  • 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 November 2019 November 2020 Annual
    Change
    United States 3.5% 6.7% + 3.2
    California 3.7% 7.9% + 4.2
    San Mateo County 1.9% 5.1% + 3.2
    Santa Clara County 2.3% 5.1% + 2.8
    Cupertino 2.3% 3.9% + 1.6
    Los Altos 2.2% 3.4% + 1.2
    Milpitas 2.5% 5.4% + 2.9
    Mountain View 1.7% 2.9% + 1.2
    Palo Alto 1.8% 3.3% + 1.5
    Santa Clara 2.2% 4.6% + 2.4
    Sunnyvale 1.9% 4.1% + 2.2
    NOVAworks Region 2.0% 4.6% + 2.6
  • 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 Developers & Programmers $ 140,900 62,548 69,829 + 2.2%
    Laborers & Material Movers $ 38,600 28,571 29,200 + 0.4%
    Personal Care Aides $ 31,000 26,042 31,032 + 3.6%
    Secretaries & Administrative Assistants $ 58,900 21,829 21,573 – 0.2%
    Building Cleaning Workers $ 39,100 18,955 19,759 + 0.8%
    Fast Food & Counter Workers $ 31,900 17,109 18,718 + 1.8%
    General & Operations Managers $ 162,700 16,880 18,108 + 1.4%
    Office Clerks $ 47,800 16,860 17,080 + 0.3%
    Retail Salespersons $ 37,700 16,288 16,311 + 0.0%
    Business Operations Specialists $ 98,800 16,123 17,487 + 1.6%