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Looking for a Job? Cupertino Companies are Hiring

While the national outlook for jobs is mixed, the technology sector continues to lead with employment openings in Silicon Valley.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its June job report Friday and announced the nation had added 80,000 jobs in June with the unemployment rate remaining flat at 8.2 percent.

Nearly 47,000 of those jobs came from professional and business services, with temporary help services accounting for 25,000 of the increase.

Locally, technology companies continue to hire as evidenced by the continuously dropping unemployment rate. The California Economic Development Department pegs the city's May jobless rate at 6.1 percent compared to the county average of 8.2 percent.

But Silicon Valley isn't like any other place in California or even the United States, according to a jobs expert.

"We see a lot more jobs being created here than anywhere else in the U.S.," said Kimberly Casey, spokeswoman and Santa Clara branch manager for the staffing agency Robert Half International. "We are seeing jobs in professional businesses industries and manufacturing, in financial services and there is a huge demand for highly skilled professionals, accountants, and people in finance and sales support."

In regards to the growth in temporary jobs, Casey explained that some companies "cut too deep during the recession," and they've turn to their staffing agency for temporary workers, "as they look to hire skilled workers."

Casey also noted an "uptick" in sales and sales supports hires, "which is a good sign," she said, since it shows that companies are spending money.

But it's not just highly skilled professionals that are in need. Those who offer support might find jobs too.

Cupertino's largest employer, Apple, currently has 1,158 corporate openings in Santa Clara County, with the vast majority in Cupertino. The tech company has openings in nearly all job categories, from hard and software engineering and human resources to customer service and support and real estate and development. In fact, the only area it's not hiring in is legal.

Another local company, Seagate Technologies, has 53 Cupertino openings, ranging from recruiters to business development. There's engineer and trade show project manager positions available too. 

In the non-tech sector, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, the city's 4th largest employer, has 149 open positions, from department directors to accountants. 

Intuit, a Mountain View-based company, produced a Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes for the month of June. Released on July 2—ahead of the BLS report—it provided a glimpse of the economic health of the nation's small businesses.

The index showed that employment increased by 0.3 percent in June, for an annualized rate of 4.1 percent—the strongest rate of growth that small businesses have seen in the past three months. This equated to approximately 70,000 new jobs created.

Average monthly compensation grew by 0.5 percent, or $14, while average monthly hours worked increased by 0.3 percent, or 18 minutes. The employment index is based on data from Intuit Online Payroll and covers the period from January 2007 through June 23.

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—Michelle Fitzsimmons contributed to this article.

Crystal Tai July 09, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Encouraging news!

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