Silicon Valley job growth returns to the dot-com days

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Most of the country may be crawling its way out of the recession, but in Silicon Valley, the job market is booming. That’s according to the 2013 Silicon Valley Index, which found that job growth in the region have returned to levels last seen during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. Released Tuesday by Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the report credits the tech industry with spurring economic growth across the broader Bay Area, but persistent and widening inequalities have prevented some minority groups from reaping the benefits.

In 2012, the Bay Area’s nine counties added a total of 92,000 jobs, 46 percent of which — about 42,000 — came from Silicon Valley. Between 2011 and 2012,…

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