The Bay Area and California job markets were far stronger in 2012 than initially estimated, a government report released Friday said, a clear indicator the region's economic surge is on solid footing.

Last year the Bay Area added 113,000 jobs, according to this newspaper's analysis of the release from the state Employment Development Department, while California added 327,400 jobs.

Job growth in the Bay Area was so strong that the nine-county region produced 35 percent of new jobs statewide, even though it has just 19 percent of the state's population. It was the Bay Area's best one-year job-growth performance since 2000, which was the peak of the dot-com employment boom.

"This shows that the Bay Area is leading California and it is outperforming almost every other region of the state in terms of job growth," said Scott Anderson, chief economist with San Francisco-based Bank of the West.

The jobs the Bay Area added last year exceeded by 21,600 the EDD's initial estimate of 91,400 new jobs, according to this newspaper's analysis of the EDD figures. Every March, the state releases annual revisions to its original estimates.

"The reason why the Bay Area is such a standout in California is because the strongest industries in the state, such as technology, are well concentrated in the Bay Area," said Jon Haveman, chief economist with the Bay Area Council's Economic Institute.

Businesses have been spending more briskly than consumers, another reason why the Bay Area has fared better than the state or the nation.

"Software, technical consulting services, business equipment -- that is what is most in demand," said Jordan Levine, an economist and director of economic research with Beacon Economics. "There are tons of companies in the Bay Area that produce goods and services that businesses consume."

Adding to the robust economic picture in the nine-county region is the improvement in the East Bay job market. The South Bay and the San Francisco metro area have been leading the recovery, but it now appears the East Bay is joining the rebound.

"This is a Bay Area-wide recovery," said Stephen Levy, director of the Palo Alto-based Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. "The South Bay, San Francisco and the East Bay are all contributing."

The South Bay wound up gaining 28,900 jobs last year, or 5,300 more than first thought. The San Francisco metro area added 31,100 jobs, which was 10,500 better than the initial estimates. And the East Bay gained 21,400 jobs, or 4,500 more than the EDD first estimated.

California's job market also wound up being far stronger than first thought. The revisions showed that the state added 101,500 more jobs than the initial estimates.

"The stories of California's eminent demise are simply wrong," Levy said.

The upswing in employment persisted in January, with the Bay Area adding 6,100 jobs. The East Bay gained 2,100 jobs, and the San Francisco metro region added 5,000. The South Bay job boom took a breather in January, with a loss of 900 jobs, the EDD reported.

California added 1,700 jobs in January and the statewide jobless rate remained unchanged at 9.8 percent, the EDD reported. The South Bay's jobless rate in January was 8 percent, a slight improvement from 8.1 percent in December. The East Bay jobless rate was unchanged at 8.5 percent, while the San Francisco area's rate was 6.3 percent, down from 6.4 percent in December.

Job seekers offered mixed views of how they are faring in this improved employment market.

"My job search isn't going that great," said Mariam Hernandez, a Hayward resident who has been searching for a receptionist job for several weeks."I'm competing against a lot of people. Employers are being very choosy."

But Tanya Madero of San Jose, who has been seeking work as a full-time receptionist for just a few days, was more upbeat.

"It's very encouraging," she said. "I'm getting a lot of interviews. I got one job offer, but I'm holding out for full-time work."

The upward revisions in the job numbers point to continued momentum in the job market, said Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast.

"The indicators all point to the Bay Area remaining the job leader in California," Nickelsburg said.

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