NORTH BAY -- Sonoma County's unemployment rate dropped slightly last month though it remained above 10 percent and other North Bay counties showed little change.
Sonoma County's jobless rate fell to 10.2 percent in August, down from a revised rate of 10.4 percent in July. The rate in August 2008 was 6.1 percent. The state agency calculates the rates according to the number of people actively seeking jobs.
Sonoma still reported about 9,000 less jobs last month, compared to the same time in 2008, though it added 900 positions between July and August. Trade, transportation and utilities lost the most positions year-over-year, declining by 2,500, followed by construction and manufacturing, which both lost 2,000. Leisure and hospitality also lost a significant number of positions, dropping by 1,400 during the same time period. Government was the only sector to add jobs year-over-year, increasing by 200 in the last 12 months.
Following a trend of up and down movements, Napa unemployment increased slightly to 9.1 percent in August up from 8.9 the previous month. Between June and July, rates were stable, following a small increase and slight decrease in the previous months. Unemployment was 5.2 percent in August last year. The county shed a net of 4,100 jobs in the past 12 months, and 300 between July and August.
Manufacturing reported the most significant losses, losing 1,400 year-over-year, followed by leisure and hospitality, which dropped by 1,000. Education and health services as well as the government sector were the only areas to gain employment, adding 400 and 200 jobs respectively.
Marin County's jobless rate increased just slightly higher for another month, hitting 8.3 percent last month compared with 8.2 percent in July. Industry-specific figures were not available for Marin.
The jobless rate in Solano County was stable last month at a revised rate of 11.6 percent, compared to 7.3 percent last year. The county had a net loss of 3,800 jobs year-over-year, but were unchanged between July and August.
Construction dropped the most during the last 12 months, reporting 1,300 less jobs than last year, followed by trade, transportation and utilities, which sloped by 1,200. Educational and health services and government were the only sectors to add jobs year over year, increasing by 100 positions each.
California’s unemployment rate was stable at 12.1 percent last month, compared with a slight decrease in the national average of 9.6 percent from 9.7 percent in July.