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Unemployment rates for January and nonfarm job growth over 12 months

Sonoma County

Unemployment: 4.0%

Job growth: 1.4%

Solano County

Unemployment: 5.6%

Job growth: 1.8%

Marin County

Unemployment: 3.2%

Job growth: 2.7%

Napa County

Unemployment: 4.8%

Job growth: 1.3%

Mendocino County

Unemployment: 5.7%

Job growth: 1.9%

Lake County

Unemployment: 7.1%

Job growth: 4.2%

Source: California Employment Development Department

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.

SONOMA COUNTY

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.

SOLANO COUNTY

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.

MARIN COUNTY

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

Sonoma County

Unemployment: 4.0%

Job growth: 1.4%

Solano County

Unemployment: 5.6%

Job growth: 1.8%

Marin County

Unemployment: 3.2%

Job growth: 2.7%

Napa County

Unemployment: 4.8%

Job growth: 1.3%

Mendocino County

Unemployment: 5.7%

Job growth: 1.9%

Lake County

Unemployment: 7.1%

Job growth: 4.2%

Source: California Employment Development Department

Total nonfarm jobs for the year increased by 3,000, or 2.7 percent, to 114,700, and farm jobs again remained unchanged at 300.

Job-gaining industries over 12 months were leisure and hospitality up 1,000, or 6.7 percent, to 16,000; professional and business services up 600, or 3.3 percent to 18,700; educational and health services up 400, or 2 percent, to 20,500; manufacturing up 300, or 7.1 percent, to 4,500; and construction up 300, or 4.8 percent, to 6,600.

The only job-losing sectors for the year was financial activities down 100, to 6,200.

NAPA COUNTY

The unemployment rate in the Napa County was 4.8 percent in January, up from a revised 4.6 percent in December but below the January 2016 estimate of 5.1 percent. Compared with other California counties’ rates, Napa in January dropped on spot, to 14th-lowest.

Nonfarm jobs were down 1,800 for the month, to 69,100 but up 900, or 1.3 percent, for the year. Total farm jobs were up 900 for the month at 3,500, and down 5.4 percent, or 200, for the year.

Job-gaining industries over 12 months were manufacturing, which includes winemaking, up 500 jobs, or 4.5 percent, to 11,600; education and health services, up 300, or 3 percent, to 10,200; government, up 400, or 4 percent, to 10,300; and professional and business services, up 200, or 3.1 percent, to 6,600.

The only two job-losing industries were farming and mining, logging and construction, which was down 700 to a total of 3,600.

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Mendocino County’s preliminary January unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, up from 5.3 percent in December. but better than the January 2016 rate of 6.4 percent.

Despite the rate rise in January, Mendocino’s state ranking rose one spot to No. 24.

Total farm jobs were down 6 percent, or 70, over 12 months to 1,090. Total nonfarm jobs were up 580 for the year, to 30,630, a gain of 1.9 percent.

The largest gains in employment for the year were government, up 170, or 2.4 percent, to a total of 7,250; manufacturing, 130, up 5.4 percent to 2,550; construction, 100, up 11.1 percent to 1,000; and leisure and hospitality, 100, up 2.4 percent to 4,290.

Job-losing industries over the year were professional and business services, down 90 to 1,600 total, and information, down 20 to 250.

LAKE COUNTY

The unemployment rate in the Lake County was 7.1 percent in January, up from a revised 6.7 percent in December but better than the January 2016 estimate of 7.9 percent. Nonetheless, the county remained at No. 36 in the state for jobless rates.

Total farm jobs were down 30 from December but up 200 over 12 months, to a total of 850, a jump of 30.8 percent. Total nonfarm jobs were down 80 from December but up 630 over the year, to 15,460, an annual gain of 4.2 percent.

One of the largest gains in Lake employment for the year was service-providing, adding 460 jobs, or 3.3 percent, to total 14,460. Also gaining for the year were education and health services, up 190, or 4.4 percent, to 4,540; and mining, logging and construction, up 120, or 23.1 percent, to 640 jobs.

There were no job-losing industries over the year in Lake County.