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County’s unemployment rate remains unchanged

By From page A1 | December 22, 2012

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s unemployment rate is treading water.

The unadjusted rate remained at 9.3 percent in November for the third consecutive month. That compares to 9.6 percent for the state and 7.4 percent for the nation.

Solano County had 217,300 people in the labor force in November and 197,000 people had jobs, according to the state Employment Development Division. Those figures remained unchanged from the previous month.

The longer view is more encouraging. This year’s November rate was lower than the November 2011 rate of 10.5 percent.

Besides unemployment rates, the state Employment Development Division also releases data for jobs in the county. It found 122,400 jobs in November, the same as in October but up from the 121,000 in November 2011.

The construction sector over the past year added 300 jobs, educational and health services and leisure and hospitality both added 500 and trade, transportation and utilities added 700.

Government was the biggest loser over the past year, shedding 800 local jobs.

Benicia had the county’s lowest unemployment rate at 5.8 percent, followed by Vacaville and Rio Vista at 6.9 percent, Dixon at 7.5 percent, Suisun City at 9.6 percent, Fairfield at 10.2 percent and Vallejo at 11.5 percent.

Solano County is doing better than most counties on the employment front. It has the 18th lowest rate among California’s 58 counties.

Marin County maintained its position of having the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 5.8 percent. At the other extreme, Imperial County had the highest rate at 26.6 percent.

Solano County continues to lag behind the rest of the Bay Area when it comes to people finding jobs. It has the highest unemployment rate among the nine Bay Area counties.

Among neighboring counties, Solano County’s 9.3 percent rate is higher than Contra Costa County’s 8.3 percent and Napa County’s 7.5 percent, but lower than Yolo County’s 10.7 percent.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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