Unemployment rates remain high in June, barely changed from May

Unemployment rates for North Bay counties remained high in June and mirrored those for the state and nation, with rates changed less than a half-percentage point from May and some the same as in June 2009, according to state figures released today.

Marin County continued to have the best jobless rate in the state, although the 8.2 percent rate increased slightly from May, according to the Employment Development Department. Industry-specific information for the county isn’t available.

Napa County retained its No. 4 ranking in the state, despite a slight increase from May from 9 percent to 9.3 percent, and nearly a percentage-point higher from June 2009 at 8.5 percent. The net 300-job gain from May reflects seasonal hiring with 200 net new farm jobs, according to the state’s survey of local employers. Of 2,000 jobs lost year over year, 800 were in construction.

Yet the county had 2,000 fewer jobs last month than a year prior, with a reduction of 1,400 in farming and 600 at other employers. Fifteen hundred fewer jobs over the 12-month period in the construction, education, government, financial services industries offset 900 new positions in manufacturing, professional services and the leisure and hospitality industry.

Sonoma County’s unemployment rate increased to 10.4 percent from 10.0 percent in May and 10.1 percent a year prior. That includes 900 net fewer jobs in May and 4,200 fewer from June 2009.The only sector to see a slight increase in hiring in Sonoma County was education and health services, which added 100 jobs from May to June, and 300 over the course of the year for a total gain of 400. Construction declined by 1,300 jobs year over year, though 200 jobs were added from May to June.

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