Unemployment rate rises in two Bay Area counties, falls in one

FILE - In this Monday, May 12, 2008 file photo, the "Painted Ladies," a row of historical Victorian homes, underscore the San Francisco skyline in a view from Alamo Square. Real estate brokerage Redfin analyzed home sales over the past 24 months in 20 major U.S. cities, breaking down the data by neighborhood. Many of the cities reflect home values that have outpaced wages over the past 15 years, causing their neighborhoods to mirror a broader national wealth gap. San Francisco, for example, enjoys the benefits of tech fortunes, but its homes are largely unaffordable for the police officers, firefighters and teachers the city needs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) — 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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