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Job boom: South Bay leads big Bay Area employment gains in July

A hiring boom fueled big Bay Area job gains in July, a surge powered by Santa Clara County, which last month reached an economic milestone: The South Bay has regained all the jobs it lost at the onset of the coronavirus.

The Bay Area added 20,400 jobs during July, while Santa Clara County added 7,000 jobs to lead the nine-county region, followed closely by the San Francisco-San Mateo area’s gain of 6,700 jobs and the East Bay’s increase of 4,500 positions, according to a report released by the state Employment Development Department.

California added 84,800 jobs in July, the most the state has added in a single month since February of this year, the EDD reported. All the numbers were adjusted for seasonal volatility.

The statewide unemployment rate in July improved to 3.9%, a record low for the jobless figure and an improvement from the 4.2% rate set in June.

With the July job gains, Santa Clara County has gained 1,000 more jobs than it lost during March 2020 and April 2020, two months of historic job losses at the start of coronavirus-linked business shutdowns ordered by the government to combat the spread of the deadly bug, this news organization’s analysis of the EDD figures shows.

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