Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Solano County's jobless rate dips slightlyin May

By Jeff Mitchell

FAIRFIELD - Solano County's jobless rate dropped slightly in May over the previous month, state unemployment officials said this week. The May unemployment rate in the county was 4.9 percent, 0.3 percent less than the jobless rate for April, said Cynthia Solorio, a spokeswoman for the state Employment Development Department.

The total number of jobs in the county for the month increased by 400 positions over the 129,100 state EDD representatives counted 30 days earlier, Solorio said. Most of those were farm- or agriculture-related positions, she added.

May is the month from which the latest job statistics are available. In a year-over-year comparison, the number of jobs in all areas of the county workforce went up, Solorio said. In May, EDD officials tracked a total of 129,500 jobs in Solano County. This number marked an increase of 2,500 positions over the May 2004 figures, she said.

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