Wednesday, March 4, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Solano County unemployment rate falls

By
From page A1 | June 21, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has seen its unemployment rate almost cut in half since the high point during the Great Recession.

The seasonally unadjusted rate for May was 6.6 percent, according to state Employment Development Department data released Friday. That compares to 12.5 percent in the early 2010s.

Solano County’s May rate decreased 0.4 percent from the 7 percent revised rate in April. Employment Development Department Market Consultant Linda Wong said a drop at this time of year is the norm.

“It did follow the trend, but it went down more than usual,” Wong said. “Typically, it goes down by 0.1 percent. It does also follow the trend of other North Bay counties.”

This May’s rate of 6.6 percent for the county compares to 8.2 percent in May 2013.

Solano County from April to May saw its labor force grow from 214,900 to 216,100. It saw the number of people employed grow from 199,800 to 201,900.

The county has the highest unemployment rate among the nine Bay Area counties. But competition is stiff. The state’s four lowest rates are all in the Bay Area: Marin County at 3.8 percent, San Mateo at 4.1 percent, San Francisco at 4.4 percent and Napa County at 4.5 percent.

Solano County’s 6.6 percent rate was the 18th lowest among California’s 58 counties. It compares to a seasonally unadjusted rate of 7.1 percent for California and 6.1 percent for the nation.

Among local cities in May, Benicia had a rate of 4 percent; Rio Vista and Vacaville, 4.8 percent; Dixon, 5.2 percent; Suisun City, 6.8 percent; Fairfield, 7.2 percent; and Vallejo 8.1 percent.

While the county’s unemployment rate has dropped over the past year, the number of local jobs has risen. The county had 128,800 jobs in May, up from 127,300 in May 2013.

The county added 800 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities category, Wong said. That marks the 27th consecutive month of year-over job gains. Retail trade led the way within the category with 400 jobs added.

Some question the quality of U.S. job gains in the wake of the Great Recession. The National Employment Law Project estimates that lower-wage industries constituted 22 percent of recession job losses and 44 percent of recovery growth, midwage industries 37 percent of recession losses and 26 percent of recovery growth and high-wage industries 41 percent of recession losses and 30 percent of recovery growth.

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.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

 
County honors Meadows Trigueiro as Woman of the Year

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Police shut down Fairfield street after shooting

By Glen Faison | From Page: A1, 7 Comments | Gallery

 
Celebrity chef motivates Armijo students

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
State schedules work on Highway 12

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
Bridge work to shut down Highway 12 east of Rio Vista

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

Highway 12 Association to meet this month

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
Caltrans reschedules work on J-Mack Ferry

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
 
 
Robots, raucous businessmen set to arrive on big screen

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A7

 
Teen hit by SUV remains in hospital

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

College looks at Measure Q project changes

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A9

 
 
 
Fairfield police log: March 2, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12, 1 Comment

Fairfield police log: March 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Fairfield police log: Feb. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun police log: March 2, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: March 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Feb. 28, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Enrollment of non-residents to be capped at some UC campuses

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

.

US / World

California survey finds Sierra snowpack far below normal

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
California shuts down oil wells to protect ground water

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Ex-CIA chief admits sharing military secrets with mistress

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
Lawmakers taking another crack at expanding gun checks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

California lawmakers show wide discrepancy in missed votes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13 | Gallery

Family of girl declared brain-dead sues Oakland hospital

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
US marshals say man killed by Los Angeles police was wanted

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13, 2 Comments | Gallery

72 passengers reach settlements in Asiana crash

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Netanyahu warns US ‘bad deal’ would put Iran on nuclear path

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Mines, bombs slow Iraqi advance on Islamic State-held Tikrit

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

India orders TV stations not to give rapist a platform

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

.

Opinion

 
Editorial cartoon: March 3-4, 2015

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

Minority outreach that works

By Jennifer Rubin | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

 
Israelis worry about inequality, not Iran

By Daniel Gordis | From Page: A11, 3 Comments

 
.

Living

Today in History: March 4, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: March 4, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Mushrooms are nutrient-packed, with a deep, savory flavor

By The Washington Post | From Page: B5

 
Get ready to add white to the rainbow of produce you eat

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes: March 4, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

My husband and I want different things in our retirement

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

 
.

Entertainment

Apollo to celebrate Holiday birthday

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Oprah’s Chicago studios to close down

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Fashion week moves Milan to Paris

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

.

Sports

Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut, A’s beat Giants 9-4

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
 
Vanden girls roll, advance to SJS championship game

By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1

Cubs’ scramble on Wrigley Field hits bump when mayor balks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Raiders officially release S Tyvon Branch

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Trooper: Fingerprints show victim in Hernandez’s rented car

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Australian rugby star Hayne signs 3-year deal with 49ers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Maid: Hernandez messed with security camera after killing

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Pacquiao big hit so far in Vegas sports books vs Mayweather

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Kings bring back former player Divac in front-office role

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
No ‘floating rubbish’ collection for Olympic sailing venue

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Cal senior Reshanda Gray named Pac-12 Player of the Year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Rudy Gay, Kings hand Knicks worst loss of season, 124-86

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

.

Business

Oil glut could soon lead to plummeting prices

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

 
.

Obituaries

John Henry Fechter, Jr.

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Jacqueline Mendes

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Robert C. Thierry

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Garland (Curly) Henry Tackett

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Otto Vasak

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7