North Bay job growth continues in June despite rise in jobless rates

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Unemployment rates in June increased in Sonoma, Solano, Marin and Napa counties from May and remained the same in Mendocino and Lake Counties, but the number of jobs in the region continued to rise, both from the month before and the previous June, according to state figures released today.

Lake County's estimated June jobless rate was the only North Bay rate exceeding the state average of 10.7 percent, according to the California Employment Development Department. Jobless rates for Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties beat the June national average of 8.4 percent.Sonoma County

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The Sonoma County unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in June, up from a revised 8.3 percent rate in May. Unemployment was 10.1 percent during the same period last year. Despite the uptick from May, the unemployment rate dropped sharply in April and May from 9.5 percent in March.

The county had 700 net new jobs in June compared with May, resulting in growth of 0.4 percent. The county had 5,000 more jobs in June from a year before, an increase of 2.8 percent. That's up from 1.0 percent annual growth in May and year-over-year job losses in eight of the previous 10 months. 

The biggest growth over the previous 12 months came in goods producing industries, up 4,600 jobs, or 3.2 percent. Leading in that category was manufacturing with 1,500 jobs, up 7.3 percent, split almost evenly between nondurable goods such as wine and food and durable goods. Next were service jobs, up 2,700 or 1.9 percent. Third place went to the hard-hammered construction industry, which had 800 net new jobs, up 9.5 percent from a year before.

There were 1,300 fewer government jobs in June than in May, largely due to the end of the school year.Solano County

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The unemployment rate in Solano County rose half a percentage point from May to 10.5 percent. That was well below the 11.8 percent rate a year before.


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