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Bay Area Job Market Surges in October and the Boom is Likely to Continue for Two Years

The Bay Area’s three-year employment boom continued in October, according to a state labor report Friday, and experts predict the hiring bonanza could persist for another 12 to 24 months.

The nine-county region’s economy has been adding jobs at a brisk pace and it’s now extending beyond tech hiring. Increasingly, industries such as construction, hotels and restaurants, retail and health care have been creating plenty of employment as well. As a result, experts say they see no signs that the Bay Area job market will falter.

“The surge continues,” said Stephen Levy, director of the Palo Alto-based Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. “We have at least two years, and maybe more, of these strong job gains.”

The Bay Area gained 7,200 jobs in October, powered by hiring throughout the region, according to the state’s Employment Development Department. Santa Clara County added 2,000 jobs, the East Bay gained 1,400 and the San Francisco metro area added 4,200 jobs, the EDD reported. All the numbers were adjusted for seasonal changes.

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