The Great Recession led to a dramatic spike in unemployment across the country. In the Bay Area, the regional unemployment rate more than doubled, rising from 4.5 percent in 2007 to 10.5 percent in 2010. At the 2010 peak, over 388,000 workers in the Bay Area were considered unemployed. During the current economic boom, the unemployment rate has consistently declined each year since 2010. The current rate of 4.3 percent is similar to the level experienced during previous economic booms in the late 1990s and mid-2000s.
Of the nine counties in the Bay Area, Solano County had the highest rate of unemployment in 2015, at 6.1 percent. For most years since 1990, Solano County has topped the list of Bay Area counties in relation to unemployment – dipping below the regional average only in 2002 and 2003. In comparison, Marin and San Mateo counties have fared significantly better, with unemployment rates remaining consistently below the regional average since 1990.