Solano County

Solano unemployment rises

By From page A1 | July 19, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly in June, from 6.6 percent to 6.7 percent.

That compares to a seasonally unadjusted rate of 8.6 percent in June 2013. It also compares to 7.3 percent for California and 6.3 percent for the nation.

A slight rise in the unemployment rate is usual at this time of year, said Linda Wong, the North Bay labor market consultant with the state Economic Development Department.

“We’re starting to see a lot of students get out of school,” Wong said Friday. “They are looking for jobs, but they might not be able to find one initially. We’ll see more usually between June and July, but schools start letting out at the end of May.”

Still, the rise of 0.1 percent from May to June was less than the 10-year average of 0.5 percent, Wong said.

The county’s labor force grew in June from 216,200 to 216,400. The number of people with jobs fell, from 202,000 to 201,800.

Solano County’s June rate was the 18th-lowest among California’s 58 counties. Imperial County had the highest rate at 22 percent. Marin County had the lowest rate at 4 percent.

Among neighboring counties, Napa County in June had a 4.7 percent rate, Contra Costa County 6 percent, Yolo County 6.9 percent and Sacramento County 7.1 percent.

Within the county, Benicia had a rate of 4.1 percent, Rio Vista and Vacaville 5 percent, Dixon 5.4 percent, Suisun City 7 percent, Fairfield 7.4 percent and Vallejo 8.4 percent.

The Economic Development Department says that people should use caution when considering city unemployment rates, since ratios are based on the 2000 census. Wong said she did not know when the data will begin incorporating the 2010 census.

Solano County had the same number of jobs from May to June with 129,700. This compares to 128,000 in June 2013.

Construction added 400 jobs from May to June, compared to the usual 100 jobs, Wong said. Government jobs declined by 200, which Wong said is typical at this time of year.

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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