Technology companies fuel growth in California communities

California is one of the premier locations for those with the right technology skills and hoping to find employment in the sector. While many people rightfully point to Silicon Valley as a main hub for high-tech firms, there is also evidence that San Mateo County is benefiting from sector growth.

The San Francisco Business Times reports that the county's unemployment rate stood at 6.8 percent in the month of May, significantly lower than during the same period last year, when it was at 7.9 percent. A study commissioned by local business advocacy group SAMCEDA found that the county had the second lowest unemployment rate in the entire state. 

Firms with a presence in the area said that more hiring would be taking place.

“We’re looking in every department  - a lot of engineers, testers, designers, editors, support people  - and we want people who are passionate about making a great product,” said Evernote’s CEO Phil Libin in an interview with the source. "Being in San Mateo County, it’s easy to get people from San Francisco and the Peninsula."

In addition to technology, there is also progress being made in California's logging sector. An estimate by RISI International Wood Markets Group found that total lumber shipments rose in 2011 to total 45 billion feet, higher than the 40 billion last year.

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