Bay Area job market rockets to fresh gains in June, region has nearly 4.1 million jobs

The Bay Area’s resilient job market, despite the forbidding obstacles of a brutal housing shortage and monster commutes, powered in June to fresh highs, a surge that extended throughout the nine-county region, state labor officials reported Friday.

Employers in the Bay Area added 12,900 jobs during June, according to seasonally adjusted figures released by the state’s Employment Development Department. The area now has a total of 4.09 million jobs, as measured by non-farm payroll employment, according to the EDD’s figures.

Those employment levels represent a record-high number of positions in the nine-county region.

“Bay Area employers are not seeing any clouds on the horizon,”  said Stephen Levy, director of the Palo Alto-based Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy.

Santa Clara County led the upswing in employment last month, adding 3,800 positions, while the San Francisco-San Mateo metro area added 3,500 jobs, and the East Bay gained 3,200, the EDD reported. Santa Cruz County added 200 positions. All the numbers were adjusted for seasonal variations.

“Employers in the Bay Area are moving ahead with hiring despite the housing crisis, and despite threats on the trade and immigration scene,” said Levy.

California added 46,200 jobs during June and the statewide unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.2 percent.

“The state continues to defy economic theories, with both low unemployment and low inflation, and has just completed 112 months of job growth, the second-longest employment expansion since World War II,” said Michael Bernick, a former EDD director and a Milken Institute fellow.