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
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The unemployment rate in the Solano County was 10.0 percent in January, up from a revised 9.4 percent in December. The January 2012 estimate was 11.1 percent.
Solano gained 2,600 jobs over the 12-month period. Yearly gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, at 900, construction and education and health each with 500, the trades with 700 and manufacturing with 200. A total of 2,600 jobs were added over the year. Over the month, the trades shed the most jobs, at 1,500, education and health, at 800, hospitality with 500 and construction at 200.Marin still has state's lowest joblessness
Marin County retained its No. 1 rank for lowest unemployment rate in the state in January with 5.8 percent. That rose barely from 5.6 percent in December and was down more than 1 percentage point from 6.7 percent in the previous January.
Industry specifics are not available for Marin, part of a three-county region that includes San Francisco and San Mateo counties. But the region similarly saw a post-holiday dropoff, with trade, hospitality, education and construction shedding jobs over the month.Napa Valley adds 3,600 jobs
Napa County's jobless rate was 8.0 percent in January, up from a revised 7.7 percent in December but well under the year-ago estimate of 9.3 percent.
Over the year, 3,600 jobs were added, with manufacturing and leisure and hospitality, which had gains of 1,400 and 1,200, respectively, while construction and the trades added 400 and 300.
Seasonal monthly losses occurred in hospitality, down 200, the trades and professional services, both off by 300, and government, which shed 200.Mendocino adds 740 jobs
Mendocino County's unemployment rate in January rose to 9.9 percent from 9.4 percent at year-end. That's down from 11.0 percent at the beginning of last year.