Bay Area, California both gain jobs in May, but slowdown intensifies

The Bay Area and California both added jobs in May as they continued to recover from coronavirus-linked maladies — but for the third month in a row, the employment gains were weaker than the prior month.

Employers added 6,900 jobs in the Bay Area during May, bolstered by gains in Santa Clara County, the East Bay and the San Francisco-San Mateo region, according to a report from the state Employment Development Department.

California gained 42,900 jobs in May, the state labor agency reported on Friday.

The statewide unemployment rate improved to 4.3% in May, down from 4.6% in April.

Santa Clara County added 1,700 jobs, the East Bay gained 1,900 positions and the San Francisco-San Mateo region added 2,700 jobs in May, officials reported. All the numbers were adjusted for seasonal variations.

The employment trends for 2022, however, hint at an economy and job market that appear to be softening, this new organization’s analysis of the government reports shows.

California, the Bay Area, Santa Clara County, the East Bay and the San Francisco-San Mateo region all posted job gains in March, April and May that were weaker than the prior months.

Plus, all of these regions have yet to recover all of the jobs they had lost during March 2020 and April 2020, the first two months of business shutdowns imposed by the government to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Contributed by local news sources

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