Solano County Unemployment Rate Soars To 14.9%

Maggie Fusek

SOLANO COUNTY, CA— Preliminary data indicate that at the height of the coronavirus crisis in April, 14.9 percent of Solano County residents were unemployed, up 9.8 percentage points from the county's March unemployment rate of 5.1 percent.

That means 30,300 Solano County residents lost their jobs from March to April, according to a Friday report from the California Employment Development Department.

April data for Solano County and other California counties was not seasonally adjusted, meaning the statistics do not take into account seasonal employment patterns. The county's unemployment rate is lower than the statewide, seasonally adjusted average of 15.5 percent, up from 5.5 percent in March. More than 2.3 million Californians lost their jobs from March to April.

The statewide unemployment rate has dipped lower than the 12.6 percent unemployment rate that California saw during the peak of the Great Recession in April 2010. California's employment rate increased 11.3 percentage points since last April, which saw 4.2 percent unemployment.

Marin County had the state's lowest unemployment rate in April at 11.1 percent.

Nationwide, 14.7 percent of Americans are unemployed, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Friday. The states with the highest unemployment rates were Nevada (28.2 percent), Michigan (22.7 percent) and Hawaii (22.3 percent). The states with the lowest unemployment rates were Nebraska (8.3 percent), North Dakota (8.5 percent) and Utah (9.7 percent).

There have been 455 cases of the coronavirus in Solano County and 20 deaths linked to COVID-19.

More than 86,000 Californians have contracted the coronavirus, including some 3,000 who have been hospitalized and 3,500 people who have died.

Patch local editor Courtney Teague contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on the Dixon Patch