NORTH BAY -- Unemployment rates in North Bay counties rose 50 to 130 basis points in November from a year before, but the jobless rates in Marin and Sonoma counties remained unchanged at high levels, according to state figures released this morning.
The end of the North Coast winegrape harvest, which stretched into November in some areas, were big drivers in month-to-month jobless rate jumps in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties.
Sonoma County rate remains unchanged, with health care and services offsetting cuts in construction and government
The unemployment rate in the Sonoma County last month was 10.1 percent, unchanged from a year ago, according to the Employment Development Department.
The rate moved up 30 basis points from an adjusted 9.7 percent in October. That was led by 1,500 fewer farm jobs and 400 fewer in production of nondurable goods such as wine, following the late winegrape harvest. Offsetting that were continued staffing up as the school year began and retail hiring for the big holiday selling season, with 400 more in retail trade. The retail sector had slight declines in hiring compared with November 2009.
Over the 12-month period ending last month, the county had a net loss of 600 jobs. The industries with the largest year-over-year net losses continued to be construction and government, with 800 each. The biggest job gains came in health care, with 800 net new jobs, or 4.4 percent annual growth, and professional and business services, with 300 net additional positions, or 1.6 percent growth.
Sonoma County's proportion of jobless workers improved compared with other counties in the state. The county's ranking moved to ninth-best from 10th-best in October, beating San Diego County's 10.3 percent.
Solano County rate increases 40 basis points, yet improves by three places in state rankingSolano County's unemployment rate was 12.1 percent last month, an increase of 40 basis points from a revised 11.6 percent in October and 11.6 percent the previous November.
Though the jobless rate for the county rose last month, the rate moved to 20th-lowest in the state from No. 23 in October.
Marin County continues to have best employment rate CaliforniaMarin County last month continued to have the best jobless rate in the state, though still high at 8.2 percent. That was unchanged from a year ago but down from the peak of 9.0 percent in January, with 1,000 more residents employed last month than at the beginning of this year.
Marin employment peaked in December 2000 during the dot-com and stock boom at 140,500 positions and 2.4 percent unemployment. Last month, 119,600 were employed in the county, according to state figures.
Industry-specific data are not available for the county.
Napa County rate climbs despite robust October restaurant and hotel businessNapa County's jobless rate last month slipped to eighth-best in the state from fourth-best in October. The November rate was 10.0 percent, up 220 basis points from a revised rate of 8.8 percent a month before. The jobless rate last month also was 50 basis points higher than a year before.
Like Sonoma County, Napa County's late winegrape harvest led to a drop in 1,500 farm jobs from October to November and 400 fewer in wine production.