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Jobs Outlook Mixed Nationally, Bright in Mountain View

The technology sector continues to lead with employment openings in Silicon Valley.

Updated at 5 p.m. with quote and analysis from job expert.

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.

Mountain View's largest employer, Google, currently has 576 job openings at its headquarters in North Bayshore the majority of which—366 or 64 percent—are not engineering or developer opportunities.

Another local company, has 125 jobs available in Mountain View in areas that range from legal to marketing, with data and engineers job available too.

Intuit's Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes for the month of June released on July 2—ahead of the BLS report—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.

And if you are a polyglot, is hiring translators in languages like Dutch, German, Polish, Tagalog and Thai. These of course, in addition to engineers and software developers.

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