FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s unemployment rate rose from 8.2 percent in June to 8.5 percent in July.
The number of people with jobs in the county increased from 201,000 to 201,600. But the number of people seeking jobs increased at a more rapid clip, from 219,000 to 220,300, creating the higher rate.
“In the summer, a lot of college students get out of school and they’re trying to find a job and they may not be able to immediately find it,” said Linda Wong, a state Economic Development Department labor market consultant.
The unemployment rate rise in Solano County is in line with those of the state and other counties in the area, she said.
The county’s unemployment rate dipped below 8 percent in May for the first time in years, but has risen since. A similar summer rise happened last year, with the rate then falling for a period of months starting in August.
That 8.5 percent unadjusted rate for July compares to 10.6 percent in July 2012. California in July had an unadjusted rate of 9.3 percent and the nation was at 7.7 percent.
Benicia, as usual, had the lowest rate among county cities at 5.3 percent. Rio Vista and Vacaville had rates of 6.3 percent, Dixon 6.8 percent, Suisun City 8.8 percent, Fairfield 9.3 percent and Vallejo 10.5 percent.
Among California’s 58 counties, Solano County had the 23rd-lowest rate. Marin County had the lowest at 5.3 percent. Imperial County had the highest at 26.1 percent.
Among neighboring counties, Napa County had a rate of 6 percent – fourth lowest in the state – while Yolo County was at 8.7 percent and Contra Costa County was at 7.7 percent.
The data also shows how many jobs are created in Solano County. The number of jobs remained at 124,300 from June to July. But various categories saw gains and losses.
Government was the biggest loser, at 900 jobs. Wong said most of this was seasonal losses in public schools. Trade, transportation and utilities showed the biggest gain at 400.
From July 2012 to this July, the county added 3,200 jobs. Educational and health services led the way at 1,000, with Wong saying most of the new jobs came in private health care.
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