Unemployment Stays Down in Sonoma, Napa Counties

Sonoma at 7.6 percent; Napa at 6.9 percent, state EDD says.


As reported earlier in Patch, the local employment picture in Sonoma and Napa counties seems to be gradually improving.

On Friday, that trend continued, according to an October jobs market report from the state Employment Development Department.

As reported in the Press Democrat, Sonoma County's jobless rate for October was 7.6 percent, the same as the prior month, but down from a year ago when it was 9.3 percent.

The EDD also reported Napa County's unemployment rate at 6.9 percent -- a four-year low.

Those figures were compared to the state unemployment rate of 10.1 percent, and national figure of 7.9 percent, the newspaper said.

To read the Press Democrat article, click here.

Wire November 19, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Sonoma County adding 54 social services jobs An influx of overdue and unexpected state cash means Sonoma County government will soon be adding about 54 jobs in various welfare and aid programs. Published November 17, 2012 http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20121117/ARTICLES/121119561 Happy days are here again, possible drugs pushers for hire, the one pill your mother gives you doesn't do anything at all.
Scott Yeager November 19, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I wonder what happened in 2008 that might explain a rise in poverty across the country? It was so long ago (4 years is a long, long time for some people whose memories are very selective) I can't quite remember what it was. Oh yes, now I remember, our country and the world had the biggest economic disaster since the great depression. You could call it the lesser depression, if you want to be accurate in describing it. Of course being accurate may not be your goal at all. Maybe ideology triumphs over facts. Or, if you want, you can act like it never happened. Just like many people conveniently forget who was President between 2001-2008. Which is understandable in a way since the person who was President during that time has been banished by the part that he is a member of. The human minds capacity for delusion is very strong in some people.
Wire November 20, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Update from PD, Since 2006, the department has seen a 157 percent jump in food stamp applications and 30 percent increase in Medi-Cal recipients. Economic assistance caseloads overall have grown by 87 percent, outstripping the increase in state and federal funding by 54 percentage points, according to the county. Over the past five years, cases in the county's Adult and Aging division, which oversees adult welfare and elder abuse, have grown by 26 percent, outstripping state and federal funding growth by 18 percentage point.
Dee Baucher November 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Agree with "Wire" about the dire poverty level (worst in the nation) in this state. Mr. Yeager seems to have a very selective memory of history, and a political slant on his interpretation of how California (and the nation) got into this mess. While he is busy pointing the finger toward the Bush years, I would suggest that he go a little further back.... to the Clinton years. This was the time when NAFTA was signed, globalization (with all those cheap goods and big corporate profits) was embraced, and the INS was deliberately de-funded to encourage illegal employment. The end result for California (and subsequently the rest of the US) was massive illegal immigration of economically deficient people. The cheap labor resulted in lots of profits for agribusiness and other corporate enterprises.... at the expense of our safety net, our tax supported services like education and health care, and at the expense of middle class wages and quality of life. When the middle class could no longer afford the basics..... they turned to credit cards (and liar loans). This is how that big financial "bubble" was made... which burst in 2008. So blaming Bush (even with his obscene unfunded wars) is not the answer. This Democratic state, with its eagerness to push open borders and to support all who cross them, has done itself in.
Wire November 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I would say the non elected President who replaced "Ask not what the Country an Do for you, but what You can do for the Country " the same President that brought FORWARD the Great Society to the Democratic party. The destruction of the last of family values. I'll blame the BUSH'S, BUT NOT TRUE. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1o0ooNn8Qc


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