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Bay Area loses jobs in September, California gains slow to a crawl

The Bay Area lost jobs during September, while California’s employment gains slowed to a crawl, a report released on Friday showed, an ominous yellow flag for the once-booming economies in the region and statewide.

The unsettling employment report suggests that the job markets in the Bay Area and California have begun to wobble in the face of soaring interest rates that federal officials have imposed in a quest to cool off skyrocketing consumer prices — and the economy.

The Bay Area lost 700 jobs in September, according to the government labor report, with nearly every metro center in the region suffering job losses or no gains.

Santa Clara County was the primary bright spot in the dark landscape for the Bay Area job market last month, with the South Bay managing a modest gain of 600 jobs.

The East Bay’s job totals were unchanged in September, the report showed.

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