North Bay unemployment rises post-holidays

Unemployment rates across the six North Bay counties ticked up in January, according to state estimates released Friday, a rise attributed to staffing reductions after the year-end holidays.

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Sonoma County's unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in January, up from a revised 7.8 percent in December but well below the year-ago estimate of 9.5 percent, according to the California Employment Development Department.

"Yes, the increase in the January unemployment for Sonoma is fairly typical at this time of year due to the holiday season winding down," said Linda Wong, a North Bay labor market consultant for the department.

Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, which account for such year-end employment, were 9.8 percent in January across California was a seasonally adjusted, accounting for such year-end employment, and 7.9 percent nationally.Sonoma Co. jobs up by 5,400

Over the year, Sonoma County had a net gain of 5,400 jobs, with particular gains in trade, transportation and utilities and leisure and hospitality, which added 1,500 and 1,200 jobs, respectively. Other yearly gains occurred professional and business services, with 800 more jobs, and manufacturing and eduction and health services each with 700 additional positions.

But from December to January, there were no job gains and several losses, mostly in trade, transportation and utilities and hospitality, which shed 600 and 500 jobs, respectively. Construction shed 400 jobs and education and health lost 300.Solano adds 2,600 jobs

[caption id="attachment_70899" align="alignleft" width="400"] Solano County jobs vs job growth (click to enlarge)[/caption]

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