About 10,000 of Google's 23000 staff are in the San Francisco Bay Area (mostly at the Googleplex offices in Mountain View
The raises are another modest signal of the beginnings an an upswing in the silicon valley labor markets.
The unemployment rate in the Silicon Valley was 11.2 percent in September, unchanged from a revised 11.2 percent in August and slightly below the year-ago estimate of 11.7 percent
Year over year, industry employment in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan statistical area grew by 6,700 jobs or 0.8 percent. This marked the San Jose metro area’s first year-over job gain after 23 consecutive months of decreases.
Professional and business services registered a net expansion of 4,400 jobs over the year. The largest year-over gains within the industry included employment services (up 2,700 jobs) and computer systems design (up 2,200 jobs.)
Manufacturing grew by 3,100 jobs, as a gain of 5,400 jobs in computer and electronic products more than offset smaller losses in nondurable goods and other detailed durable goods industries
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