NORTH BAY -- Unemployment continued to climb in most North Bay counties in June, the state Employment Development Department said today.
Sonoma County's jobless rate climbed to 9.5 percent in June up from 9.4 percent in the previous month, according to the Employment Development Department. In May last year, the county reported a rate of 5.1 percent. The area had 9,000 fewer jobs last month than the same time last year, but it added 400 positions between April and May.
The trade, transportation and utilities sector lost the most jobs year-over-year, dropping by 2,300 compared to last summer, followed by construction and manufacturing, which dropped 2,000 each. Government was the only division to add jobs, increasing by 600 between May 2008 and last month. Leisure and hospitality added the most positions since April, increasing by 400, though the change is likely seasonal.
Napa County was the only county to decrease its rate between April and May, sloping to 8.3 from 8.6 percent, though still towering over last year’s estimate of 4.3 percent. The county shed a net of 4,800 jobs in the past 12 months, but added 1,000 positions between April and May. Most of new positions were in farming and likely seasonal changes, but trade, transportation and utilities also added about 100 positions.
Manufacturing and leisure and hospitality lost the most jobs year-over-year, dropping by 1,300 and 900 respectively.
Marin County's jobless rate was 7.5 percent in May, up from 7.2 percent the previous month. Industry-specific figures were not available for Marin.
The jobless rate in Solano County increased to 10.7 percent last month up from 10.6 percent in April, and up sharply from a year-ago estimate of 6.2 percent. The county had a net loss of 4,800 jobs year-over-year but a gain of 200 from April to May.
Construction dropped the most significantly since May 2008, sloping by about 1,900 jobs. The financial activities industry was the only sector to lose jobs between April and May, dropping by about 100. Most others were stable, though leisure and hospitality added 100, though the change is likely seasonal.
California’s unemployment increased to 11.2 percent up from 10.9 percent the previous month, compared with a national average of 9.1 percent up from 8.6 percent.