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North Bay jobs picture in February

Unemployment and nonfarm jobs changes over 12 months

SONOMA COUNTY

Unemployment: 3.8%, down from 4.3%

Job growth: +3,200, 1.6%

SOLANO COUNTY

Unemployment: 5.4%, down from 5.8%

Job growth: +2,300, 1.7%

MARIN COUNTY

Unemployment: 3.0%, down from 3.3%

Job growth: +2,200, 1.9%

NAPA COUNTY

Unemployment: 4.2%, down from 4.7%

Job growth: +1,000, 1.4%

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Unemployment: 5.4%, down from 6.0%

Job growth: +330, 1.1%

LAKE COUNTY

Unemployment: 6.6%, down from 7.6%

Job growth: +580, 3.9%

Source: California Employment Development Department


As unemployment dwindled to ever-lower single-digit rates across the North Bay in February, annual job growth in the six-county region slowed to about 2 percent, according to state figures released Friday.

Sonoma, Solano, Marin, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties each saw a drop of a few 10ths of a percentage point and remain well below year-ago estimates from the California Employment Development Department. After falling in the state ranking of lowest county unemployment rates for several months, Napa gained ground, rising to 10th from 14th.

Two industries adding the most jobs across the region from January were government and education and health services. Government in Sonoma gained 900, in both Napa and Solano 500, and in Marin 400. Education and health services in Solano added the most — 1,400 — followed by Sonoma with 1,100 and Marin with 500.

The biggest sector and county losses for the year were mining, logging and construction, in Napa, losing 700, and in Sonoma, manufacturing in both durable and nondurable goods continues to lose jobs, the only county to do so.

Between December 2016 and January 2017, Sonoma lost 500 jobs in manufacturing, and was down another 100 in February, bottoming out at a loss of 1,500 for the year.

The manufacturing industry accounts for about 14 percent of Sonoma’s workforce, employing about 30,000, according to Ben Stone, Sonoma County Economic Development Board’s executive director. So a loss of 1,500 over the course of a year is not that significant.

About 300-400 of those losses can be attributed to the closing of Santa-Rosa’s Data-Flow, several months. Enphase Energy in Petaluma, and Trivascular in Santa Rosa have also laid off employees, and other explanations could include retirements and automated jobs.

“It all adds up,” Stone said.

SONOMA COUNTYThe unemployment rate in the Sonoma County was 3.8 percent in February, down from a revised 4.1 percent in January and below the year-ago estimate of 4.3 percent.

This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.2 percent for California and 4.9 percent for the nation during the same period.

The county again ranked the sixth-lowest jobless rate in the state, preceded by Orange, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Marin tied for second, and San Mateo counties.

The number of Sonoma County nonfarm jobs was 201,300, up 3,200 for the year, or 1.6 percent. Farming employment for the month was up 200, to 5,700, and down 100 for the year, or 1.7 percent.

Leading job-adding industries over the year were professional and business services up 2,000, or 10 percent, to 22,100; educational and health services up 1,100, or 3.3 percent, to 34,100; government, up 900, or 2.8 percent, to 33,100; and construction, up 500, or 4.2 percent, at 12,400.

Job-losing sectors over the year were manufacturing, which includes winemaking, down 1,500, to 20,500; and information, down 100, to 2,700.

SOLANO COUNTYThe unemployment rate in the Solano County was 5.4 percent in February, down from a revised 5.7 percent in January and below the year-ago estimate of 5.8 percent.

Nonfarm job growth over 12 months was up 2,300 positions, or 1.7 percent. Farming jobs were unchanged for the year, with 1,500 jobs.

North Bay jobs picture in February

Unemployment and nonfarm jobs changes over 12 months

SONOMA COUNTY

Unemployment: 3.8%, down from 4.3%

Job growth: +3,200, 1.6%

SOLANO COUNTY

Unemployment: 5.4%, down from 5.8%

Job growth: +2,300, 1.7%

MARIN COUNTY

Unemployment: 3.0%, down from 3.3%

Job growth: +2,200, 1.9%

NAPA COUNTY

Unemployment: 4.2%, down from 4.7%

Job growth: +1,000, 1.4%

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Unemployment: 5.4%, down from 6.0%

Job growth: +330, 1.1%

LAKE COUNTY

Unemployment: 6.6%, down from 7.6%

Job growth: +580, 3.9%

Source: California Employment Development Department

Job-gaining industries over 12 months were educational and health services up 1,400 jobs, or 5.6 percent, to 26,400; government, up 500, or 2 percent, to 25,900; financial activities up 200, or 4 percent, to 5,200, and several industries gained 100 jobs including leisure and hospitality, construction, information, manufacturing, and other services.

Job-losing industries for the year were trade, transportation and utilities, down 200, and professional and business services, down 100.

MARIN COUNTYThe unemployment rate in Marin was 3.0 percent in February, down from a revised 3.2 percent in January and below the year-ago estimate of 3.3 percent.

Total nonfarm jobs for the year increased by 2,200, or 1.9 percent, to 115,200, and farm jobs again remained unchanged at 300.

Job-gaining industries over 12 months were leisure and hospitality up 600, or 4 percent, to 15,700; educational and health services up 500, or 2.4 percent, to 21,000; manufacturing up 400, or 9.3 percent, to 4,700; and government up 400, or 2.6 percent, to 15,700.

Job-losing sectors for the year, each losing 100, were professional and business services, at 18,700; financial activities 6,200; and trade, transportation and utilities, at 18,400.

NAPA COUNTYThe unemployment rate in the Napa County was 4.2 percent in February, down from a revised 4.9 percent in January and below the year-ago estimate of 4.7 percent.

Nonfarm jobs were 70,400, up 1,000, or 1.4 percent, for the year. Total farm jobs were 4,500, unchanged for the year.

Other job-gaining industries over 12 months were manufacturing, which includes winemaking, up 500, or 4.4 percent, to 11,800; government, also up 500, or 4.9 percent, to 10,700; education and health services, up 300, or 3 percent, to 10,400; and trade, transportation and utilities, up 200 to 10,100, a gain of 2 percent.

The only two job-losing sectors were farming as well as mining, logging, and construction, down 700, to 3,700.

MENDOCINO COUNTYMendocino County’s preliminary February unemployment rate is 5.4 percent, down from the revised January rate of 5.8 percent and the February 2016 rate of 6.0 percent. With the rate fall in February, Mendocino County rose to 23rd-lowest unemployment out of 58 California counties from 25th rank.

The county’s employment grew by 160 jobs over 12 months, with eight industry sectors gaining positions and four contracting. Total farm jobs were down 170, or 12.9 percent, over 12 months, to 1,150. Total nonfarm jobs were up 330 for the year to 30,750, a gain of 1.1 percent.

The largest in gains were in leisure and hospitality, up 120 jobs, or 2.8 percent, to 4,350; government, up 90, or 1.3 percent, to 7,180; education and health services, up 80, or 1.4 percent, to 5,700; and manufacturing, up 60, or 2.4 percent, to 2,590.

Job-losing industries over the year were professional and business services, down 80, to 1,610, and information, down 30, to 250.

LAKE COUNTYThe unemployment rate in the Lake County was 6.6 percent in February 2017, up from a revised 7.3 percent in January and below the year-ago estimate of 7.6 percent. The improvement last month moved the county’s state ranking up to No. 31 from 36th place.

Total farm jobs were up 110, or 12.5 percent, over 12 months, to 990. Total nonfarm jobs were up 580 over the year to 15,600, an annual gain of 3.9 percent.

While the number of jobs in many of the county’s sectors remained the same, one of the largest gains in employment for the year was service-providing, adding 520 jobs, or 3.7 percent, to 14,670. Also gaining for the year were education and health services, up 290, or 6.6 percent, to 4,660; and government, up 80, or 1.8 percent, to 4,420.

Lake County had no job-losing industries over 12 months.