The Bay Area job market skyrocketed in October, hitting its strongest gain in eight months and raising hopes that the region’s economy could begin to eradicate coronavirus-related illnesses.
Improvements in employment in the nine-county region last month were driven by strong growth in Santa Clara County and the San Francisco-San Mateo region, as well as strong growth in the East Bay area, government labor officials said Friday.
In October, the Gulf region created 21,100 jobs, the best in the region since 23,900 jobs in March, an analysis of a new report by the news organization shows.
Santa Clara County created 8,100 jobs, the San Francisco-San Mateo region created 8,700 jobs, and the East Bay area created 2,300 jobs. All numbers have been seasonally adjusted.
Growth in South Bay was the best since February, and employment growth in San Francisco-San Mateo was the best since June.
California added 96,800 jobs in October, and the statewide unemployment rate improved marginally to 7.3% last month from 7.5% in September.
Among small urban centers in the Bay Area, Sonoma County added 1,700 jobs in October, Napa County gained 400 jobs, and Marin County gained 100 jobs, and Solano County lost 200 jobs.