[caption id="attachment_88915" align="alignnone" width="500"] The pace of North Bay annual job growth seemed to have plateaued since late 2012, stabilizing around 4 percent. (click to enlarge)[/caption]
While jobless rates increased in North Bay in January because of seasonal job shifts, the region had net gains of at least 16,800 jobs in January from a year before, according to state figures released March 7.
The unadjusted unemployment rate for California was 8.5 percent and for the U.S., 7.0 percent, according to estimates from the California Employment Development Department.Sonoma County
The unemployment rate in Sonoma County was 6.2 percent in January, down two percentage points from a year before but up from a revised 5.7 percent in December.
Annual industry job growth was 4.5 percent, or 8,100 positions. Total industry employment was 188,900.
Growth industries were government, up 15.4 percent, or 4,300 jobs; professional and business services, up 5.6 percent, or 1,000 jobs; trade, transportation and utilities, which is heavily affected by retail and wholesale companies, up 2.9 percent, or 1,000 jobs; leisure and hospitality, up 2.8 percent, or 600 jobs; manufacturing, up 3.1 percent, or 600 positions; and construction, up 2.2 percent, or 200 jobs.
The 4,300-job annual gain in government employment was led by special government districts -- that includes native tribes -- education, and the county and municipalities. Special districts included a net gain of 2,000 jobs. That is largely attributed to the opening of Graton Casino & Resort in Rohnert Park in November.
In education, there was a net gain of 1,600 employed by local government and 400 by the state, up 11.5 percent and 19.0 percent, respectively. Other local government gains were 300 more county positions and 100 more at municipalities, up 7.0 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.
Growth in manufacturing employment was all in nondurable goods, which includes wine, beer and food, up 5.7 percent, or 600 jobs, over 12 months.
The only industry to decrease in jobs from January 2013 was education and health services, which edged downward 0.3 percent, or by 100 positions.
The department said there are some differences in this release of industry employment figures because of an annual revision to align job categories with those of the U.S. Department of Labor. The primary change was inclusion of data for the California In-Home Supportive Services program, now tracked in figures starting January 2013 under education and health services.Solano County
Solano County jobless rate was 8.1 percent in January, up from a revised 7.4 percent in December but below 9.9 percent.
The county had net annual industry job growth of 2.7 percent, or 3,300, increasing to 127,800 positions.
Leading growth industries were trade, transportation and utilities, up 1,800 jobs, or 7.3 percent; leisure and hospitality, up 5.9 percent, or 800 jobs; education and health services, up 1.8 percent, or 400 jobs; and 300 more in manufacturing and government, up 3.0 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively.Marin County
Marin County's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in January, up from a revised 4.2 percent the previous month but down from 5.8 percent a year before. Marin retained its statewide status of having the lowest jobless rate.
Current industry employment figures for Marin aren't yet available.Napa County
The unemployment rate in Napa County slipped 1.8 percentage points over 12 months to 6.4 percent in January, up from a revised 6.0 percent in December.