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Sonoma County jobless rate inches up to 7.7 percent

Unemployment inched up slightly in Sonoma County to 7.7 percent in November, up from a revised 7.6 percent in October, the state Employment Development Department announced Friday.

As harvest drew to a close, the county lost 3,600 jobs between October and November, mostly in farming, manufacturing, and the leisure and hospitality sector. But there were gains in trade, transportation and utilities, which added 400 jobs.

The changes were fairly typical for this time of year, and in line with the county's 10-year average, said Linda Wong, North Bay labor market consultant for the EDD.

"The total farm, manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, those were the biggest movers of that month, and that's where you're seeing all that job loss," Wong said. "All the changes were pretty typical. Nothing too out of the ordinary."

Once again, Marin County had the state's lowest unemployment rate, at 5.8 percent. In Napa County, the jobless rate was 7.5 percent, in Mendocino County it was 9.1 percent, and in Lake County it was 14.5 percent.


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