The East Bay's unemployment rate fell in August as the region added 700 jobs to the payrolls.
The jobless rate dropped from 9.5 percent in July to 9.2 percent last month, according to the California Employment Development Department.
In Alameda County, unemployment decreased from 9.5 percent to 9.3 percent in August.
In Contra Costa County, it dropped from 9.4 percent to 9.0 percent last month.
The total labor force in the East Bay grew from 959,100 in July to 959,800 in August.
The construction industry added 1,800 jobs in August while trade, transportation and utilities added 1,600. Professional and business services chipped in another 1,300. Education services went up by 300 jobs.
The biggest decline was seen in government, which lost 4,000 jobs. Financial services dropped 400 jobs while manufacturing lost 100 jobs.
Most communities saw a slight improvement in their unemployment rate.
Livermore's rate is now at 6.0 percent. Neighboring Pleasanton recorded 4.7 percent while Dublin came in at 5.6 percent.
Castro Valley has a 5.5 percent rate while San Lorenzo recorded 6.9 percent. San Leandro is listed at 9.2 percent and the Cherryland district is at 13.5 percent.
In the Tri-Cities, Fremont's rate is listed at 6.7 percent, Newark is at 8.6 percent and Union City is at 8.7 percent.
In the San Ramon Valley, Alamo stands at 3.4 percent, Danville at 4.8 percent and San Ramon at 3.7 percent.
Neighboring Walnut Creek has a 6.1 percent rate while Concord stands at 9.8 percent and Pleasant Hill at 7.3 percent.