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Jobless rate creeps up in Sonoma, Solano

The unemployment rate rose in January in two Bay Area counties, fell in one and remained unchanged in six, according to the latest data from the California Employment Development Department.

The unemployment rate rose from 4.2 percent in December to 4.3 percent in January in Sonoma County and from 5.6 to 5.7 percent in Solano County, which has usually reported the highest rate in the Bay Area.

The rate in Napa County dropped to 4.8 percent in January from 5.1 percent in December.

San Mateo County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.1 percent, the lowest rate among Bay Area counties. Marin County reported the second lowest rate at 3.2 percent, followed by San Francisco County at 3.3 percent.

All counties reported rates below the state average, which was 5.8 percent on a not seasonally adjusted basis. The seasonally adjusted average was 5.7 percent.

All except one county had an unemployment rate below the national average, which was 4.9 percent in January.

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