NORTH BAY -- Unemployment rates in the North Bay ticked slightly upward this month, according to statistics released by the Employment Development Department today.
Education jobs throughout the state were scaled back over the summer, and temporary U.S. Census jobs were eliminated in the government sector.
Sonoma County edged up to 10.8 percent from 10.5 percent over the month, compared with a 10.4 percent rate last year. Government jobs saw a sharp decrease over the month – from 29,000 in June to 23,200 in July, or a decrease of 5,800 jobs, and a total net loss of 1,100 over the year. Education and health services shed 500 jobs over the month but were up by 300 jobs over the year. Year over year construction saw 1,300 jobs lost, though it gained 100 over the last month.
Napa County saw a slight increase, at 9.4 percent up from a revised 9.3 percent last month and above the year-ago rate of 8.5 percent. The county saw 600 government jobs cut and 300 lost in education and health services over the course of the month, and 200 and 500 were lost over the year, respectively. Manufacturing had an increase of 500 jobs over the year, 200 in the past month.
Marin County had the lowest unemployment rate of all counties in the state at 8.6 percent, up from 8.4 percent at the same time last year. Industry-specific numbers are not available for Marin, which is part of a three-county West Bay region that includes San Mateo and San Francisco. In that region the total number of school jobs decreased by 3,400. The federal government shed 1,000 positions between June and July. Over the course of the year, the financial activities sector lost 3,700 jobs – its 36th consecutive month of job losses compared to the previous year.
Solano County increased to 12.4 percent from a revised 12.2 percent over the month, compared to an 11.3 percent rate a year ago. Likewise in Solano County, 500 government jobs were eliminated and 100 were lost in education and health services in the last month, with yearly losses of 200 and 300, respectively. Hospitality and leisure also incurred a loss of 200 jobs compared to last month.
The same was true in both Mendocino and Lake counties, where government jobs decreased by 1,480 and 430, respectively, over the course of the month, while education in Mendocino shed 150 jobs and Lake lost 20. Farming also took a hit in Lake County, with 50 jobs lost. Mendocino County’s jobless rate in July was 11.4 percent, up from 10.8 percent in June and 10.5 percent a year ago. And Lake County’s jobless rate increased by 0.5 percent, to 17.3 percent from 16.8 percent last month, and over two full points from a year ago at 15 percent.
California’s unemployment rate was up to 12.8 percent from 12.2 percent last month, while the national average rose to 9.7 percent from 9.6 percent in June.
Unemployment rates for North Bay counties:
CountyJuly 2009June 2010July 2010State rank
(out of 58)Lake15.0%16.8%17.3%49Marin8.4%8.3%8.6%1Mendocino10.5%10.8%11.4%15Napa8.5%9.3%9.4.%3Solano11.3%12.2%12.4%25Sonoma10.4%10.5%10.8%11California12.0%12.2%12.8%--U.S.9.7%9.6%9.7%--
Source: California Employment Development Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics