Silicon Valley's Jobless Unplug From Tech

Jobless workers in Silicon Valley are giving up on the region’s dominant technology industry and trying to switch to other fields, as the area’s unemployment rate spikes above the national and state average.

Job centers and community colleges across the region are reporting a surge in enrollment of out-of-work techies, with many looking to move into other industries. While data on the shift are scarce, the trend is evident at ProMatch, a government-funded organization in Sunnyvale, Calif., that helps unemployed professionals network, retrain and land new jobs.

Since the start of the year, ProMatch has seen its ranks swell from 180 attendees to its maximum capacity of 225, says Connie Brock, who helps run the group.

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