North Bay unemployment fell in September, thanks to hiring in manufacturing, education and government, according to new state figures released Friday.
But they don’t yet account for the fires in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties, according to Jorge Villalobos, North Bay labor market consultant for the California Employment Development Department, which put out the numbers.
“We will start seeing some of the effects of the fires on employment in October’s report, and more so in November,” he said.
In Sonoma County, the unemployment rate dropped to 3.2 percent in September, down from 3.9 percent in August. The county tied with Napa in the fourth-lowest joblessness in the state.
Unemployment in Marin, which tied with San Francisco in having the second-lowest rate, fell to 2.9 percent in September, down from 3.4 percent in August. San Mateo County had the lowest rate, at 2.7 percent.
Mendocino County ranked No. 13 and dropped from 4.8 percent in August to 4.0 percent in September.
Solano County ranked No. 22 with 4.6 percent unemployment in September, down from 5.5 percent in August.
Lake County was in the 38th spot, with a drop from 5.9 percent to 5.4 percent unemployment.
For perspective, the bottom three counties last month were Colusa, 8.9 percent; Tulare, 9.5 percent; and Imperial, 22.6 percent unemployment.
The state’s total labor force rose to 19.4 million, with 18.5 million people employed, at 4.7 percent, according to the Employment Development Department.
Nationally, unemployment in September was 4.1 percent, down from 4.5 percent in August.