Napa sees biggest decrease

NORTH BAY -- Although North Bay counties saw slight decreases in their unemployment rates in February, they remain at or near double digits and significantly above a year ago.

Sonoma continues to hover around 11 percent, a slight tick down from a revised 11.3 percent in January, according to the state Employment Development Department. That's still above the 9.1 percent rate of February 2009.

Napa County was at 10.4 percent compared to January’s 11.1 percent, while still remaining higher than the year-ago average of 8.3 percent.

Marin, which last month saw the biggest uptick in unemployment, dropped slightly to 8.4 percent from 8.9 percent in January.

Solano’s unemployment was 12.7 percent in February compared to 13 percent in January.

Lake and Mendocino Counties experienced similar incremental decreases, with Mendocino at 12.5 percent compared to 12.8 percent in January and Lake at 19.3 compared to 19.8 percent the previous month.

Unemployment rates for North Bay countiesCountyJanuary 2009January 2010February 2010State rank (out of 58)

Lake15.3%19.8%19.3%49Marin6.6%8.9%8.4%2Mendocino10.4%12.8%12.5%21Napa8.2%11.1%10.4%8Solano9.7%13%12.7%22Sonoma8.5%11.3%11%11California9.7%13.2%12.8%--U.S.7.4%10.0%10.4%--

Source: California Employment Development Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.