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The Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies is the research arm of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and is housed within the organization. Research topics focus on economic and community health issues within Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area, as well as on broader regional issues. Learn more.

Institute Publications

Data Release: Unemployment (September 2020)

Data Release: Unemployment (September 2020)September 18, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies released an analysis of post-COVID unemployment rates alongside 20 years of pre-COVID historical data. The numbers reflect the sharpest month-over-month decline since the region’s unemployment rate peaked at an unprecedented 11.6 percent in April.

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Data Release: Unemployment (August 2020)

Data Release: Unemployment (August 2020)August 21, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies released an analysis of post-COVID unemployment rates with pre-COVID historical data. The numbers reflect a 9.3% regional unemployment rate for July, a 1.4 percentage point decline since June, and a 2.3 percentage point decline since the unprecedented April high.

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Quarterly Report: Silicon Valley Commercial Space (Q2 2020)

Commercial Space 2020 Q2 report coverQ2 2020 - This is the Institute's second quarterly report on Silicon Valley commercial space since the onset of COVID-19. The report showed leasing activity has been muted with concentrated efforts in renewals. More sublease space has come onto the market and current construction projects have continued with some delays. New speculative development has been put on hold.

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Data Release: Unemployment (July 2020)

Data Release: Unemployment (July 2020)July 17, 2020 - The Institute released analysis of post-COVID unemployment rates compared to 20 years of pre-COVID historical data. The numbers reflect a minimal decrease of 0.3 percentage points in the regional unemployment rate from the May rate of 11 percent, and only 0.6 percentage points below the unprecedented 11.6 percent in April, which surpassed even the post-dot com bust and recession highs of 2009.

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Trending: Bay Area Public Interest Topics

close up of person typing on laptopJuly 16, 2020 - The Institute compiled an assessment of Bay Area public interest trends based on web searches conducted since March 15 via Google Trends. This compilation provides a human-interest sidebar to the numerous economic data releases published by the Institute since the onset of the pandemic.

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Data Release: Regional Response Funds

Data Release: Regional Response FundJuly 7, 2020 - The Institute compares 19 regional response funds with a range of focus areas, including housing needs, community-based nonprofits, small businesses, childcare providers, schools, and the needs of low-income individuals throughout the region.

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Data Release: Unemployment (June 2020)

Data Release: Unemployment (June 2020)June 19, 2020 - An analysis of post-COVID unemployment rates compared to 20 years of pre-COVID historical data. The numbers reflect a minimal decrease of 0.6 percentage points in the regional unemployment rate from the unprecedented 11.6 percent in April – a rate surpassing even the post-dot com bust and recession highs of 2009.

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Quantitative Assessment Study: Palo Alto Businesses & Economic Activity (May 2020)

Quantitative Assessment Study: Palo Alto Businesses & Economic Activity (May 2020)May 2020 - The City of Palo Alto—like other Silicon Valley cities—is continually looking to find the right balance between the activities and contributions of businesses, residents, and the collective community that they create. Stanford University commissioned the Institute to provide detailed information about the existing business mix and conduct an impartial assessment of the existing impact of the City’s businesses and key contributing industries to overall economic activity and city tax revenues.

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Data Release: Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Data Release: Bay Area Consumer Price IndexMay 15, 2020 - The Institute has compiled a summary of the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metro area consumer price index (CPI). Looking back to 1978, the two-month period percentage decline in the Index shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a decrease of 0.5 percent. No declines between April and February have occurred since 2003, and none of this magnitude since 1986.

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Data Release: Hiring (May 2020)

Data Release: HiringMay 11, 2020 - Since February, Bay Area hiring activity has declined by 25% compared to 21% nationally, according to a new data release from Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies. The Institute compared the results to the U.S. overall and against 10 other metro areas.

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Data Release: Layoffs

Data Release: LayoffsMay 1, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has compiled a summary of regional layoffs charted since July, 2019 and following the April 25 release of the California Employment Development Department WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) report.

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Data Release: Stock Market

Data Release: Stock MarketApril 28, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has released new analysis that examines how Silicon Valley and San Francisco’s publicly-traded companies have performed on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Data Release: Consumer Spending

Data Release: Consumer SpendingApril 27, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has released analysis of the region’s consumer spending trends and how they have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The release compared retail sales trends for the U.S. overall and changes between February and March.

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Data Release: Unemployment

Data Release: UnemploymentApril 17, 2020 - On the heels of the COVID-19 crisis, Joint Venture's Institute for Regional Studies has released preliminary analysis that shows an uptick in the unemployment rate to 3.1% - a sharp increase but significantly lower than the recession-peak of 10.5% in the summer of 2009. The report follows the release of preliminary March 2020 labor market data (which has a lag time of several weeks) from the California Employment Development Department (EDD).

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Data Release: Hiring (April 2020)

Data Release: HiringApril 3, 2020 - Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies has released a comparison of recent month-over-month changes in Bay Area hiring compared to the United States overall. The analysis follows the release of national and metro-area hiring data from LinkedIn’s Economic Graph.

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2018 Silicon Valley Index

coverFebruary 2018 - The regional economic study again shows more jobs, income, venture capital and commercial construction pouring into Silicon Valley, yet workers struggle to afford housing, endure longer commutes and face rising costs for such everyday needs as food, clothing and child care.

Learn more about the Silicon Valley Index online at www.siliconvalleyindicators.org.

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Quarterly Report: Silicon Valley Commercial Space (Q2 2017)

black and white coverQ2 2017 - Silicon Valley’s commercial office vacancy rates are up over the past three quarters despite high demand for large office space, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies reported. The Institute’s quarterly commercial real estate report, prepared in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley, also shows that 11 million square feet of new commercial space is in the pipeline.

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Snapshot: Silicon Valley's Local Elected Officials (May 2017)

blue and white report coverMay 2017 - Only a third of Silicon Valley elected local officials are women, a majority are Democrats and just 18 percent of registered voters in the region are Republicans, according to a new Snapshot brief by Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies.

The report, prepared in partnership with GrassrootsLab, shows Democrats hold 72 percent of Silicon Valley local elected offices, compared to 69 percent in the Bay Area and 45 percent statewide.

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Quarterly Report: Silicon Valley Commercial Space (Q1 2017)

black and white coverQ1 2017 - Silicon Valley is experiencing cautious optimism carried over from 2016 while several large corporate technology firms have put space back on the market, preemptively buckling down should the economy begin to signal a slowdown. Although requirements for larger spaces have declined, many tech companies are continuing their growth, albeit at a slower pace when compared to 2015-2016.

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2017 Silicon Valley Index

coverFebruary 2017 - Silicon Valley has chalked up seven straight years of economic expansion, a pace that continues to burden the region’s already strained infrastructure. The latest data shows a slight slowdown from previous years, the report notes, but Silicon Valley’s growth is still outpacing California and the nation as a whole in many categories.

Learn more about the 2017 Silicon Valley Index, view interactive charts, and download the underlying chart data at www.siliconvalleyindicators.org.

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2016 Silicon Valley Index

coverFebruary 2016 - The 2016 Silicon Valley Index reveals Silicon Valley’s economy is thriving from San Jose to San Francisco, surging to levels that are overwhelming the Bay Area’s capacity to handle it.

Learn more about the 2016 Silicon Valley Index, view interactive charts, and download the underlying chart data at www.siliconvalleyindicators.org.

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Population Brief

Population brief cover May 2015 - This report examines Silicon Valley’s population dynamics, including overall population growth, growth by city and county, birth and death rates, and the changing population composition in terms of age and gender. It also examines recent California Department of Finance (DOF) population and K-12 enrollment projections through 2023.

Learn more about the Population Brief, view interactive charts, and download the underlying chart data on the indicators website.

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Poverty Brief

poverty brief cover March 2015 - This research brief examines aspects of poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area, its regional distribution and areas of intense concentration, as well as the demographics of the impoverished population.

Learn more about the Poverty Brief, view interactive charts, and download the underlying chart data on the indicators website.

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Driving Clean Energy Adoption

green cover November 2014 - As of the end of 2013, China and the United States were the two top countries in terms of total installed renewable power capacity, as well as investments in renewable energy. Driving Clean Energy Adoption examines five leading clean energy regions in the United States and China based on primary and secondary research, including numerous interviews of key stakeholders.

Included in the report are information and findings that are broadly applicable to other regions working to further clean energy adoption. The drivers, benefits and considerations for regional success in promoting clean energy adoption are outlined, case studies are presented, and resulting key challenges and success factors are extracted and provided. The findings suggest a handful of the most important factors for regional clean energy adoption relating to policy frameworks, utility involvement, collaboration, local leadership and innovation.

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Trends Affecting Workforce Development

SAMCEDA report coverMay 2014 - This report reviews broad economic forces in San Mateo County and the Peninsula and considers their implications for workforce development. The report spotlights the persistence of poverty even in the face of surging job growth, reviews the best practices fostering upward mobility for the workforce, and outlines strategies that can be carried out by workforce boards, community colleges, private industry and community organizations.

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Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development Feasibility Study

Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development Feasibility Study cover September 2013 - This report studies the feasibility and assesses the options for municipalities like Sunnyvale who want to provide residential and commercial subscribers with renewable energy. It follows on the heels of legislation signed into law in September 2013 (Senate Bill 43) which offers new regulatory mechanisms for deploying shared renewables proj­ects in California communities. It also launched the Green Tariff Shared Renewables program (GTSR).

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Institute Publications

The Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies is the research arm of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and is housed within the organization. Research topics focus on economic and community health issues within Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area, as well as on broader regional issues.

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Get comprehensive information and data about Silicon Valley’s economic and community health at www.SiliconValleyIndicators.org.

Data and charts from the Silicon Valley Index (and more) are available on a dynamic and interactive website that allows users to further explore Silicon Valley trends.

The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional, and national data sources, as well as additional related online resources within the following categories: People, Economy, Society, Place, and Governance.

Joint Venture Publications

Joint Venture produces and provides supporting documents and research for a wide array of Silicon Valley interests. We also help to support our initiatives through the publication of the annual Silicon Valley Index and a variety of other periodic reports and white papers.