Solano County

Solano’s unemployment rate unchanged

By From page A1 | November 17, 2012

FAIRFIELD — Solano County treaded water on the unemployment front from September to October.

The unadjusted rate for both months was 9.3 percent, according to the state Employment Development Department. The county in October had a labor force of 196,900 people and 20,300 were looking for work.

Having the unemployment rate remain unchanged at this time of year is pretty typical, said Linda Wong, a labor market consultant with the department, on Friday.

Solano County’s unemployment rate shows a more positive trend when compared to a year ago. The rate in October 2011 was 10.8 percent.

California for this October had an unadjusted unemployment rate of 9.8 percent and an adjusted rate of 10.1 percent. The nation had an unadjusted rate of 7.5 percent and an adjusted rate of 7.9 percent. Only rates that are unadjusted for seasonal factors are available for California counties.

Solano County’s 9.3 percent rate ranked 22nd among the state’s 58 counties, with the No. 1 slot having the lowest rate. The county had the highest rate among the nine Bay Area counties, where Marin County had a state-lowest rate of 5.8 percent and neighboring Napa County had a rate of 6.9 percent. The next-highest Bay Area rate after Solano County’s was Alameda County’s at 8.6 percent.

Solano County’s unemployment rate stands between the lower Bay Area rates to the west and the higher Central Valley rates to the east. Sacramento County had a rate of 10.2 percent, Yolo County 9.7 percent, Yuba County 15.8 percent and San Joaquin County 13.6 percent.

Imperial County had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 28.1 percent.

Among local cities, Benicia had the lowest rate at 5.8 percent, followed by Vacaville at 6.9  percent, Rio Vista at 7 percent, Dixon at 7.5 percent, Suisun City at 9.6 percent, Fairfield at 10.2 percent and Vallejo at 11.5 percent.

On the local jobs front, Solano County added 700 jobs between September and October and 1,500 jobs since October 2011. Among the gains in the yearlong totals are 300 jobs in construction, 600 jobs in leisure and hospitality and 700 jobs in trades, transportation and utilities.

Government was the big loser, shedding 900 jobs since October 2011.

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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