Bay Area Adds Jobs at Fast Pace in August, Best Gain in Five Months

The Gulf region in August recorded its strongest job gain in five months, as it added nearly 20,000 jobs last month, raising hopes that the region may have begun to weather the economic crises linked to the Corona virus.

The nine-county area added 19,800 jobs in August, led by big gains in East Bay and Santa Clara County, East Bay, and strong increases in the San Francisco-San Mateo metro area, according to state labor reports.

During August, the East Bay area added 6,900 jobs, Santa Clara County gained 5,600 jobs, and the San Francisco-San Mateo area increased total jobs by 4,300, the report released Friday showed.

California added 104,300 jobs during August, although those gains were just under 113,200 jobs added statewide in July.

The statewide unemployment rate in August was 7.5%, a slight improvement from California’s 7.6% unemployment rate during July.

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