Tourism lifts North Bay employment in May

Unemployment rates across the North Bay dropped in May, as the tourism sector drove hiring in several counties, others saw improvements across a range of industries, according to state figures released Friday morning.Government jobs drive Sonoma growth

The unemployment rate in the Sonoma County was 6.1 percent in May, down from a revised 6.5 percent in April and the year-ago estimate of 8.5 percent, according to the Employment Development Department.

[caption id="attachment_75441" align="alignright" width="300"] Sonoma County jobs vs. job growth, January 2003-May 2013 (click to enlarge)[/caption]

Over the year, the government sector added the most jobs, at 1,200, or 6.1 percent growth, while trade, transportation and utilities, largely related to retail, added 1,000. Education and health services added 800 jobs, followed by leisure and hospitality adding 700 jobs.

Between April and May, tourism led the way with 500 more jobs, while professional and business services added 300. Industry employment in the county increased 2.9 percent, or by 5,100 jobs, over 12 months to 181,800.Wine-led manufacturing boosts Napa jobs

In Napa County, the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in May, down from a revised 6 percent in April and below last year's rate of 7.5 percent.

Over the year, manufacturing, which includes wine, posted to highest growth, adding 900 jobs, followed by construction and tourism jobs, which each added 600.

Over the month, manufacturing added 400 jobs, while tourism added 200.Health care leads Solano growth

[caption id="attachment_75460" align="alignleft" width="300"] Solano County jobs and job growth, January 2003-May 2013 (click to enlarge)[/caption]

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