Area’s jobless rate rises from May to June 

It seems that the recent feeling of economic relief might just be a false perception.

The latest unemployment numbers show that the Bay Area’s jobless rate grew from May to June, with San Francisco now at 9.6 percent, according to the California Economic Development Department.

San Francisco has the seventh lowest unemployment rate in California, coming behind Napa, Marin, Contra Costa County and Alameda.

The state released its numbers a week after thousands of residents and businesses packed City Hall to highlight the need for Congress to extend funding for Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Jobs Now program, which has helped to employ more than 3,600 workers during the recession. The program is set to expire on Sept. 30 unless Congress provides more stimulus funding for it.

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