Unemployment rates across the North Bay inched up slightly higher in January, according to state figures released Friday.
The six counties each saw a rise of a few 10ths of a percentage point, but remain well below year-ago estimates from the California Employment Development Department.
The North Bay’s two largest counties had no or little month-to-month job growth. Solano saw no job gains from December to January. In Sonoma, the only sector that gained jobs was farming. Whereas in Marin, the region’s third-largest county, the only industry that lost jobs was financial activities.
No. 4 Napa jobless rate took another large hit in January, falling from fourth in October, to 10th in November, 13th in December, and 14th, in the unemployment ranking in the state.
Over the past 12 months, North Bay counties across the board gained jobs in government, with a whopping 1,300 increase in Sonoma and 400 in Napa. Napa also saw gains manufacturing, dominated by wine, with 500 new jobs over the year, while Sonoma dropped 1,200 jobs in that industry. Lake had proportionately huge jumps in farming and construction jobs.
The unemployment rate in the Sonoma County was 4.0 percent in January, up from a revised 3.6 percent in December and below the 4.4 percent rate of January 2016.
By comparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for California in the beginning month of this year was 5.5 percent and for the nation, 5.1 percent.
The county again had sixth-lowest jobless rate among the state’s 58 counties, preceded by Orange, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Marin (tied for second place), and San Mateo.
The number of Sonoma County nonfarm jobs for the month was down 5,100, to 198,900 and up 2,800 for the year, at 1.4 percent. Farming employment for the month was up 400, to 5,500, and up 300 for the year, at 5.8 percent.
Leading job-adding industries over the year were government, up 1,300, or 4.1 percent, to 33,100; professional and business services up 1,200, or 6 percent, to 21,100; construction, up 800, or 6.9 percent, at 12,400; and educational and health services up 800, or 2.4 percent, to 33,500.
Job-losing sectors over the year were manufacturing, which includes winemaking, down 1,200, to 20,600; and leisure and hospitality, down 500, to 23,200.
The unemployment rate in the Solano County was 5.6 percent in January 2017, up from a revised 5.1 percent in December, and below the year-ago estimate of 5.9 percent.
Nonfarm job growth for the month was down 2,900, to 135,000, and for the year was up 2,400 positions, or 1.8 percent. Farming jobs were down 100 for the month, and down 100 for the year, with 1,400 jobs, or 7.7 percent.
Job-gaining industries over 12 months were educational and health services up 1,300 jobs, or 5.2 percent, to 26,100; government, up 500, or 2 percent, to 25,500; leisure and hospitality up 400 jobs, or 2.8 percent, to 14,900; and financial activities up 300, or 6.1 percent, to 5,200.
Job-losing industries for the year were trade, transportation and utilities down 200, and professional and business services, and mining and logging, each down 100.
The unemployment rate in Marin was 3.2 percent in January 2017, up from a revised 2.9 percent in December 2016, and below the year-ago estimate of 3.3 percent.
North Bay jobs picture
Unemployment rates for January and nonfarm job growth over 12 months
Job growth: 1.4%
Job growth: 1.8%
Job growth: 2.7%
Job growth: 1.3%
Job growth: 1.9%
Job growth: 4.2%
Source: California Employment Development Department