Snapshots

Bay Area unemployment claims rose by 93% between February and March 2020.

The Bay Area accounted for 3 percent of total unemployment claims in the U.S. despite accounting for 2.4 percent of nationwide employment

May 08, 2020
  • Since shelter in place orders have been implemented on a national scale, the United States has experienced its largest spikes in unemployment claims history bringing the total to over 26 million claims.
  • In the first three months of 2020, the Bay Area had 23% more unemployment claims than the total for the entire year in 2019. From February 2020 to March 2020, there was a 93% percent increase in the total unemployment claims filed in the Bay Area. 
  • During the first 3 months of 2020, Santa Clara county lead the way in total unemployment claims by accounting for roughly 22%. Alameda follows closely behind accounting for 21%, Contra Costa accounting for 15%, San Francisco accounting for 13%, San Mateo accounting for 8%, Sonoma accounting for 7%, Solano accounting for 6%, and both Marin and Napa accounting for 2%.
  • San Mateo County saw a 39% increase in unemployment claims from 2019 to 2020 while Santa Clara county saw a 30% increase during the same time. Unemployment claims are tracked by place of residence and not place of work. As such, the loss in employment can be felt regionwide despite employment activity being more concentrated in Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.