City Jobless Doubles in Two Years

San Francisco jobless rate nearly doubled in last two years

By Jackson West
|  Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM PDT
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City Jobless Doubles in Two Years

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If you're one of the 43,000 San Franciscans without a job, it might be time to head down to the Employment Development Department office at 801 Turk.

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Since 2008, unemployment in San Francisco has nearly doubled, with 43,000 residents still out of work.

The situation had improved somewhat in May, but as the census wraps up hundreds of temporary government employees will be back to collecting unemployment benefits.

While San Francisco 9.6 percent unemployment in June was still better than the statewide average, a staggering 12.3 percent -- and neither of those numbers count part-timers who can't find full time jobs or those who have given up looking.

In January of 2008, unemployment stood at only 4.6 percent in San Francisco.

It could be worse -- unemployment is still over 11 percent in Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

Jackson West needs more work.

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