Job growth in the Bay Area and California sputtered during November, an indication that coronavirus-linked business shutdowns ordered by government agencies have begun to hobble the economy.

The Bay Area and California both managed to add jobs last month, but at a sharply reduced pace, government officials reported Friday.

Employment gains in the Bay Area in November were about half of the amount in October, while California’s job market slowed even more drastically, according to a new official report.

Among the unsettling job trends last month:

— The Bay Area added 17,300 jobs during November, compared with a gain of 32,900 in October.

— Santa Clara County gained 5,200 jobs in November, compared with an increase of 9,000 in October.

— The East Bay added 8,400 jobs last month, compared with job gains of 10,100 in October.

— California gained 57,100 jobs in November, a severe slowdown from the gains of 145,600 jobs the prior month.

The statewide unemployment rate was 8.2% in November, an improvement from a 9% jobless rate in October, the U.S. Labor Department reported.

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By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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