Sonoma County Unemployment Rate Hits Low Mark

Rohnert Park's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent last month; Most new jobs were in the hospitality and business services sectors


Sonoma County's unemployment rate fell again in March, reaching its lowest level in at least two years, according to data released earlier this month by the state Employment Development Department.

The county's unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent last month, down from 7.6 percent in February. The jobless figure also was markedly better than March 2012, when 9.4 percent of the labor force was looking for work.

Rohnert Park's unemployment rate, reported at 7.2 percent last month, was one of the county's lowest.

The city of Sonoma reported a 6 percent unemployment rate, the lowest in the county. The highest jobless rate was reported in Cloverdale, at 11.2 percent.

Between February and March, employment in Sonoma County grew by 700 jobs to reach 178,000, according to the EDD.

The growth includes:

  • 300 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector
  • 200 new business and professional services jobs
  • modest increases in education, health services, construction and government work

However, about 100 manufacturing jobs were lost during that time period, according to the EDD.

Here is the city-by-city breakdown for Patch towns in Sonoma County.

Sonom County Unemployment Data Area Unemployment Rate-March # of People Employed in March

# of People Unemployed in February

7.7% 3,700 300 Healdsburg 8.4% 5,400 500 Petaluma 6.7% 29,500 2,100 Rohnert Park
7.2% 23,300 1,800 Sonoma
6.0% 4,500 300

Sonoma County's unemployment rate was better than both California and the nation, which were 9.4 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively.

The unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,500 California households.

Ralph Hutchinson April 25, 2013 at 08:39 PM
How does the casino hiring factor into this data? Higher wages and better benefits for workers hired? RP unemployment one of the lowest that speaks well for the corridor.
G Man April 26, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Does this factor in the MANY who have given up looking for work and ha e been dropped from the rolls?????
Dan Fleming April 27, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Ralph Hutchinson, do we have to here from you about the casino in every article the Patch or the PressDemocrat puts out. Your commentary is really getting old! Of coarse the Casino will help to lower the unemployment rate, it should be simple math for you. Sorry people I'm just tired reading Ralph Hutchinson's bias comments about the casino. as to the article, it's good to see the the unemployment rate is going down. This is good news for everybody!
Judd Ames April 27, 2013 at 04:33 PM
You didn't get the memo, Dan? He's the self-proclaimed voice of the people.
Dan Fleming April 27, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Thanks Judd, I forgot . And thanks for combating this Ralph Hutchinson's "Spin Machine". I really enjoy reading your comments. When a guy Ralph comments 30 time in one article, it good to hear a voice of reason.


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