North Bay unemployment rates rise slightly in March

Unemployment rates across the North Bay increased slightly in March, but the still-high rates were well below rates a year ago, according to state figures released this morning.

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The unemployment rate in the Sonoma County was 9.5 percent in March 2012, up from a revised 9.3 percent in February, but below the year-ago estimate of 10.2 percent, according to the Employment Development Department.

Over the year, the county shed 300 jobs in the financial activities sector, and another 3,400 government jobs were eliminated. Most other job sectors in the county had annual gains.

Marin County continued to post the lowest rate in California, but its rated edged upward in March to 7 percent from 6.8 percent in February, but below the  year-ago estimate of 8.4 percent in March 2011.

Part of a three-county region that includes San Francisco and San Mateo counties, industry specifics for Marin are not yet available.

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The unemployment rate in Napa County was 9 percent in March, up from a revised 8.9 percent in February 2012 but below the year-ago estimate of 9.9 percent.

The government sector lost 200 jobs over the year and 100 over the month.

The unemployment rate in Solano County was 11.1 percent in March 2012, up from a revised 10.9 percent in February 2012, but below the year-ago estimate of 12.1 percent.


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