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NAPA COUNTY – The latest statistics from the California Employment Development Department show that Napa County has added 1,400 net jobs since September of last year, growth that many have said continues to trend upward.

The greatest growth was seen in the educational health services subcategory, which has added 800 jobs.

The greatest decrease in jobs over the 12-month period has been in manufacturing, which includes many elements of the wine industry. There were 500 jobs eliminated, though the sector is still the largest in the county and employs 10,500 people.

Right behind manufacturing in total employment are the leisure and hospitality category, at 10,000 employees, and government, also at 10,000 employees.

Napa County’s total unemployment rate has fallen compared to the same time last year, from 9.2 percent to 8.5 percent. It is the fourth-lowest unemployment rate of the state’s 58 counties as of September, falling behind San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin.

Educational and health services, which experienced the greatest growth, employs 8,700.

Nearby Sonoma County had an unemployment rate of 9.4 percent in September, and Mendocino had an unemployment rate of 10.1 percent.

Napa saw a 1.9 percent net job growth compared to the same time last year, to 69,300. Sonoma County saw a 0.3 percent net increase, to 230,900; Solano County dropped by 0.2 percent, to 189,300; Mendocino dropped by 1.7 percent, to 37,690; Lake went down by 0.4 percent, to 20,980.

Total net farm jobs have held relatively steady over the year, increasing by 100. Non-farm jobs, however, have grown by 1,300.

The unemployment rate for California as of September was 11.4 percent, and 8.8 percent for the nation during the same period.