The unemployment rate in Sonoma County was  6.1 percent in October 2013, down from 6.6 percent in August 2013, unchanged from a revised 6.1 percent in September 2013, and below the year-ago estimate of 7.8 percent.

According to the California EDD, the Sonoma County unadjusted unemployment rate was below both California’s rate of 8.3 percent as well as the national rate of 7.0 percent during the same period.

Of the 58 counties in California, Sonoma County had the 6th lowest unemployment rate.

Total employment in Sonoma County increased by 2,200 from October 2012 to October 2013. The largest increases from a year ago were in Nonfarm Industries (2,200), with Leisure & Hospitality (800), Trade, Transportation and Utilities (800), Educational and Health Services (500), and Government (400), Professional and Business Services (200) and Financial Activities (100).

Total employment in Sonoma County increased by 1400 from September 2013 to October 2013. There were gains in several industries, the largest of which were in Total Non-Farm (1500) with Government (2600), Educational and Health Services (400), and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (300).  There were loses in Manufacturing (1,000), Professional and Business Services (500), Construction (200), Leisure & Hospitality (100) and. Total Farm (100).

Within Sonoma County, the highest unemployment rates were in Monte Rio CDP at 13.4 percent, Guerneville CDP at 12.0 percent, and Cloverdale city at 9.4 percent. The lowest unemployment rates came from Sebastopol City 3.9 percent and Glenn Ellen at 3.9 percent. Santa Rosa’s unemployment rate was 6.1 percent, same as the county average.