FAIRFIELD — January saw Solano County’s unemployment jag upward and county employers shed jobs – as usual.
The unemployment rate rose from a seasonally unadjusted rate of 7.4 percent in December 2013 to 8.1 percent. The county lost 3,500 jobs.
“It’s just what happens at this time of year,” said Linda Wong, North Bay labor market consultant for the state Employment Development Department.
The holiday season is over. Retailers are getting rid of the temporary jobs they had during the year’s peak shopping season. The vacation season has yet to arrive for the hospitality sector.
What happened in Solano County in January is in line with what happened in Lake, Napa and other regional counties, Wong said.
A better comparison comes from comparing January of this year with January 2013. This year’s 8.1 percent unemployment rate is lower than 9.9 percent a year ago. The county added 3,300 jobs.
The statewide seasonally unadjusted rate for January was 8.5 percent. The national rate was 7 percent.
Solano County for January had the highest unemployment rate among the nine Bay Area counties. But the competition was stiff. California has 58 counties and eight Bay Area counties are in the top 10 for low rates, though Placer and San Diego counties tied Contra Costa County for the 10th spot.
Marin County has the lowest rate in the state at 4.7 percent. Among other Bay Area counties, San Mateo County had a rate of 4.9 percent, San Francisco County 5.3 percent, Santa Clara County 6.1 percent, Sonoma County 6.2 percent, Napa County 6.4 percent, Alameda County 6.7 percent and Contra Costa County 7 percent.
Solano County had the 18th lowest rate in the state. Its 8.1 percent rate is lower than such Central Valley counties as Yolo at 10.6 percent, San Joaquin at 13.2 percent and Sacramento at 8.2 percent. Colusa County had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 25.9 percent.
Among local cities, Benicia had a rate of 5 percent, Vacaville and Rio Vista 6 percent, Dixon 6.5 percent, Suisun City 8.4 percent, Fairfield 8.9 percent and Vallejo 10 percent.
Solano County in January had a labor force of 216,400 people, compared to 217,400 in January 2013. It had 198,900 people employed, compared to 195,800 a year ago.
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