The Bay Area and California chalked up sturdy job gains in March, but the increase in hiring slowed dramatically last month compared with February, a new government report released Friday shows.
Employers added 13,100 jobs in March in the Bay Area, but the employment gains were greatly diminished from February when 22,100 jobs were added in the nine-county region.
California, similarly, gained 60,200 jobs in March — but that increase was less than half of the 135,400 jobs that were added statewide in February.
Hiring slowed in a big way in all three of the Bay Area’s major urban centers in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report:
— Santa Clara County added 3,900 jobs in March, compared with 5,200 in February.
— the East Bay gained 3,300 jobs in March, fewer than the 7,200 that were added the prior month.
— the San Francisco-San Mateo region added 4,800 jobs, far fewer than the 7,500 gained in February.
All the numbers were adjusted for seasonal variations.