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Unemployment rises in June, up half a percent in Solano County

Article Last Updated: 7/26/2005 12:12 AM

Unemployment rises in June, up half a percent

By Times-Herald staff
Vallejo Times Herald

Unemployment was up locally in June, but not by much, according to the Employment Development Department.
Solano County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in June, up from a revised 5.0 percent in May, but below the year-ago estimate of 6.1 percent. The figures place the county's unemployment rate slightly above the state and national figures.

In Napa, where the figures fall below those of the state and the nation, June's 4.0 unemployment rate was also up from a revised 3.6 percent in May but below the year-ago estimate of 4.4 percent.

Cynthia Solorio, this region's EDD labor market consultant, said there were more than 2,000 more jobs in June in the Vallejo-Fairfield metropolitan area than there were in June 2004. The largest gains were in construction, which gained 1,100 new jobs, and government, which saw an increase of 600 new jobs. Professional and business services gained 400 jobs in that period.

Solano County's leisure and hospitality industry lost 300 jobs from last year. Those industries saw no change in the Napa area.

In the Napa area, there were 500 total jobs gained, the largest number - 200 - in the government sector, the figures show.

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