Sonoma County jobless rate dips to 6.6 percent

Sonoma County's unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent in August as the county continued to show long-term job growth for health care, hospitality and business services.

The jobless rate declined from 7.1 percent in July, according to data from the state Employment Development Department.

In comparison, the state's unemployment rate increased to 8.9 percent last month from 8.7 percent in July. The U.S. rate was 7.3 percent.

For the county, the jobless rate fell partly in August because 800 people dropped out of the labor force, but also because total employment increased by 600.

The single-biggest increase last month was in local schools, a jump of 800 from July that is deemed typical for the start of the academic year.

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