FAIRFIELD — Solano County’s unemployment rate remains stuck in a rut, though the number of people working is increasing.
For four consecutive months, the unadjusted rate has remained at 9.3 percent. The state Employment Development Department released the December 2012 figures Friday.
But, while Solano County’s unemployment rate remained identical with November 2012, the county saw the number of people with jobs increase from 197,200 to 199,200. The reason the unemployment rate didn’t fall is that the labor force also increased, from 217,500 to 219,700.
That’s a positive for Solano County, state North Bay Labor Market Consultant Linda Wong said.
California’s unadjusted rate for December 2012 was 9.7 percent, a tenth of a percent uptick. The unadjusted national rate was 7.6 percent, a two-tenths of a percent uptick.
The state has 58 counties and Solano County had the 18th lowest rate. Marin County had the lowest rate, at 5.5 percent, and Imperial County had the highest, at 25.5 percent.
Among local cities, Benicia had a 5.8 percent rate, Vacaville 6.9 percent, Rio Vista 7 percent, Dixon 7.5 percent, Suisun City 9.6 percent, Fairfield 10.2 percent and Vallejo 11.5 percent.
The state Employment Development Department also looks at the number of jobs available within the county. Solano County in December 2012 had 123,600 jobs, an increase from the 122,800 available the previous month.
The educational-and-health services sector and the trade-transportation-and-utilities sector each added 300 jobs, Wong said. The leisure-and-hospitality sector created 200 jobs, with restaurants and bars the biggest generator, she said.
Government lost 200 jobs, but this is in keeping with the 10-year average for December, Wong said. Farming and construction each lost 100 jobs, but these are seasonal fluctuations, she said.
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