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Napa County unemployment drops dramatically from a year ago


The unemployment rate in Napa County was 6.3% in April, down from a revised 6.5% in March and below the year-ago estimate of 17.8%.

This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 8.1% for California and 5.7% for the nation during the same period, said the state Employment Development Department on Friday.

Farm, construction, retail, and leisure and hospitality jobs all saw significant gains year-over-year. According to the EDD, the number of leisure and hospitality jobs rose from 4,600 positions to 9,900.

There were 11,800 workers unemployed one year ago, compared to 4,200 now, said the report.

Napa County had the 17th lowest unemployment rate in the state. Solano County was ranked 33rd and Sonoma County 7th.

The Napa River Bridge (now known as the George F. Butler Memorial Bridge) was built in 1977.

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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.

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