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The unemployment rate in Napa County was 3.8 percent in August 2017, unchanged from a revised 3.8 percent in July 2017, and below the year-ago estimate of 4.1 percent, the Employment Development Department reported on Friday.

This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.4 percent for California and 4.5 percent for the nation during the same period.

The largest increases in jobs came from trade, transportation and utilities, manufacturing, educational and health services and leisure and hospitality categories.

There were 3,000 unemployed locals one year ago, compared to 2,900 this August.

At the same time, the labor force rose slightly from 74,600 to 76,000 people.

Napa County has the fourth lowest unemployment rate in this state. Sonoma County’s rate was ranked 6th. Solano County’s unemployment rate was ranked 28th.

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According to other jobs data provided by the EDD, employers with the most job ads included Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley Unified School District, Wyndham Worldwide, Constellation Brands Inc., Silverado Resort And Spa, Villagio Inn & Spa, Las Alcobas, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Carneros Resort & Spa, St. Helena Hospital and E&J Gallo.

Occupations with the most job ads included: First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving, registered nurses, first-line supervisors of office and administrative support, food servers, housekeeping cleaners, retail salespersons, lodging desk clerks and physical therapists.


Business Editor

Jennifer Huffman is the business editor and a general assignment reporter for the Napa Valley Register. I cover a wide variety of topics for the newspaper. I've been with the Register since 2005.