NORTH BAY -- The jobless rate decreased month over month in all North Bay counties in April, though still above 2009 rates for the same period, according to figures released by the Employment Development Department today.
The unemployment rate in Sonoma County was 10.6 percent, down from 11.4 percent in March and up from 9.1 percent in April 2009. The year-over-year increase was due mostly to 1,400 jobs lost in construction as well as 1,900 fewer jobs in the government sector. From last month, 300 jobs were added each in leisure and hospitality as well as educational and health services.
In Napa County the rate was 10.0 percent, down from 10.8 percent in March and up from 8.1 percent last April. The year-over-year change saw 900 fewer jobs in construction but a gain of 400 jobs in manufacturing. Marin County had the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state at 8.3 percent, down from 8.9 percent last month and up from 7.3 percent in April 2009. Industry-specific numbers were not available.
Solano County had a drop in joblessness to 12.2 percent from 13.0 percent in March. Last April the rate was 10.0 percent, with the increase due mostly to 1,000 jobs lost in construction and 1,100 more in government. From last month, 600 jobs were added in the leisure and hospitality sector.
Though ranked as the 50th highest rate out of 58 in the state, Lake County saw the largest percentage drop in the North Bay to 18.5 percent from 19.6 percent in March, compared with 15.1 percent in 2009. It was followed by Mendocino County with a one point drop to 12 percent, down from 13 percent last month, compared with 10.2 percent last year.
Unemployment rates for North Bay countiesCountyApril 2009March 2010April 2010State rank
(out of 58)Lake15.1%19.6%18.5%50Marin7.3%8.9%8.3%2Mendocino10.2%13.0%12.0%20Napa8.1%10.8%10.0%8Solano10.0%13.0%12.2%21Sonoma9.1%11.3%10.6%12California10.6%13.0%12.3%--U.S.8.6%10.2%9.5%--
Source: California Employment Development Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
CORRECTION, May 21, 2010: Jobless rates in the North Bay decreased from March to April.