NORTH BAY - Unemployment continued to rise in the North Bay last month, breaching 11 percent in some regions, according to state Employment Development Department reports.
Sonoma County's jobless rate surpassed 10 percent last month, hitting 10.2 percent in June compared to 9.6 percent in May and 5.6 percent the same time last year. The state agency calculates the rates according to the number of people actively seeking jobs. The county reported 14,500 fewer jobs last month than the same time last year and a loss of about 4,700 positions between May and June.
Government reported the most losses year of year, dropping 4,300, followed by trade, transportation and utilities, which shed 2,600 positions. Information, mining and logging were the only sectors that did not lose jobs on average in the past 12 months. Job losses were less dramatic from May to June and some, including construction and professional services, added positions.
Though the county reported a decrease in unemployment in May, Napa's rate rose again in June, hitting 8.8 percent. The number was up from a revised rate of 8.3 percent in May and 4.6 percent year-over-year. The county shed a net of 4,900 jobs in the past 12 months, but added 600 positions between May and June. Mining, logging, construction, manufacturing, leisure and hospitality and government all added 100 positions between May and June, though some of those changes are likely seasonal. No sectors lost jobs between those months. Manufacturing dropped about 1,200 jobs year over year and leisure and hospitality lost 1,000.
Marin County's jobless rate was 8 percent in June, up from 7.5 percent the previous month. Industry-specific figures were not available for Marin.
The jobless rate in Solano County hit 11.3 percent last month up from 10.8 percent in May and 6.7 percent a year ago. The county had a net loss of 4,800 jobs year-over-year but just 100 from May to June.
Construction dropped the most year over year, reporting 1,500 less jobs than last year, followed by trade, transportation and utilities, which sloped by 1,000. Educational and health services was the only sector to add jobs year over year, increasing by 400.
California's unemployment increased to 11.6 percent up from 11.2 percent the previous month, compared with a national average of 9.7 percent up from 9.1 percent.