Saturday, December 23, 2006

Two North Bay Counties unemployment rates rise slightly

North Bay Business Journal

Dec 22 (18 hours ago)
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Two North Bay unemployment rates rise slightly

NORTH BAY, Dec. 21, 2006 –There were 2,400 fewer jobs in Sonoma
County in November than a year ago as the unemployment rate inched up
slightly to 3.8 percent. The unemployment rate – a measure of the number
of people actively seeking jobs – also rose slightly in Napa County but
dropped in Marin County, according to the Employment Development
The biggest drop off in jobs in Sonoma County occurred in trade,
transportation and utilities and education and health services, which
declined by 800 jobs and 500 jobs, respectively. Leisure and hospitality
and construction also suffered losses of 400 jobs and 300, respectively.
Sonoma County had 192,000 jobs in November compared with 194,400 jobs
a year ago. In October, the EDD said Sonoma County had 192,400 jobs, a
decline of 3,100 from a year ago.
The jobless rate in Napa County rose to 3.7 percent in November from
3 percent the previous year. The county gained 1,100 non-farm jobs,
primarily in manufacturing and leisure and hospitality.
In Marin County, the November unemployment rate was 3.4 percent, down
from 3.7 percent last November. Industry-specific figures are not
available for this county.

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