Bay Area posts solid May job gains — full recovery stays elusive

The Bay Area economy muscled up to produce solid job gains in May that topped those of April — but the region’s employment totals remain far below where they were before coronavirus-linked shutdowns began.

The job gains last month in the Bay Area were powered by big increases in employment in the East Bay, the South  Bay, and the San Francisco-San Mateo region, the state’s labor agency reported Friday.

The Bay Area added 16,500 jobs in May, which was slightly better than the employment increases in April, when the region gained 15,900 jobs, according to a report from the Employment Development Department.

The East Bay added 4,600 jobs, the South

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