Employment in the Oakland MSA

I’ve been wondering about Oakland’s employment ever since I read that New York Times story set in Oakland about the bad economy two weeks ago. So this morning I finally decided to stop letting myself be bothered about it and finally looked it up. Information is from the California Employment Development Department, and represents employment in the Oakland Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Anyway, here’s the numbers for total nonfarm employment in the Oakland MSA every January and July since 2000.

The scale there doesn’t make it all that easy to see the changes. So here’s a somewhat more visually exciting version: