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Napa County’s unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in October — the month when fires rampaged — up from a revised 3.2 percent in September, and below the year-ago estimate of 3.9 percent, the Employment Development Department (EDD) reported.

This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 4.3 percent for California and 3.9 percent for the nation during the same period.

The largest job increases came from construction, transportation, warehouse and utilities and food services and drinking places jobs in Napa County.

The biggest decline was in information jobs.

According to other jobs data provided by the EDD, employers with the most job ads included St. Joseph Health, Meritage Resort And Spa, Napa Valley Unified School District, Auberge du Soleil, Target Corporation, Wyndham Worldwide, Silverado Resort and Spa, Villagio Inn & Spa, St. Helena Hospital and Trustaff.

Occupations with the most job ads included: registered nurses, first-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers, waiters and waitresses, hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks, first-line supervisors of office and administrative support and maids and housekeepers.

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Countywide, there were 2,900 unemployed locals one year ago, compared to 2,600 this October.

At the same time, the labor force rose from 74,800 to 76,400 people.

Napa County has the eighth lowest unemployment rate in this state. Sonoma County’s rate was sixth and Solano County’s rate 21st.


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.