North Bay unemployment rates rise in July

[caption id="attachment_78384" align="alignnone" width="500"] North Bay jobless rates and job growth, March 2003--July 2013 (sources: California Employment Development and North Bay Business Journal; click to enlarge)[/caption]

Unemployment rates rose in North Bay counties in July rose a few 10ths of a percentage point, while annual job growth mostly was in positive territory, despite slowing significantly in the region's largest county, according to state figures released Friday.

The unemployment rate in Sonoma County was 7.1 percent in July, up from a revised 6.7 percent in June, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.9 percent, according to the Employment Development Department.

By comparison, preliminary unemployment rates in July were 9.3 percent in California and 7.7 percent for the nation.

Year-over-year job growth in Sonoma County slowed to 0.6 percent, the annual pace of a year before. One thousand net new jobs increased industry employment to 178,800.

The biggest net movement in jobs over the year was the loss of 1,000 government jobs. That was barely offset by 600 job gains in professional and business services, health care, and leisure and hospitality, as well as 500 more retail jobs.

Solano County's unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in July, up from a revised 8.2 percent in June, and below the year-ago estimate of 10.6 percent.

Job growth over the year in Solano was 2.6 percent, providing a net gain of 3,200 jobs. Leading job-creating industries from a year ago were health care, adding 1,000; retail, 800; leisure and hospitality, 700; and construction, 600.

Industries losing jobs in Solano over 12 months were government, down 500, and information and manufacturing, both 100 positions lower.

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