Unemployment rates in cities along the Peninsula increased in January while the statewide rate went unchanged for the month, according to employment data released Friday.
The California unemployment rate remained unchanged from December at 9.8 percent. The unemployment rate in San Mateo County increased from 6 percent to 6.3 percent, and also increased in Santa Clara County from 7.6 percent to 7.9 percent.
East Palo Alto has the highest unemployment rate in San Mateo County with 15 percent while Hillsborough has the lowest with 2.7 percent, yet both figures were slight increases from December 2012.City/Town % in Jan. 2013 % in Dec. 2012 Atherton 3.5 3.3 Belmont 5.4 5.1 Brisbane 11.0 10.6 Burlingame 4.5 4.3 Daly City 7.8 7.5 East Palo Alto 15.0 14.4 Foster City 4.6 4.4 Half Moon Bay 6.4 6.1 Hillsborough 2.7 2.6 Menlo Park 5.0 4.8 Millbrae 3.2 3.1 Pacifica 4.2 4.0 Palo Alto 7.2 6.9 Portola Valley N/A N/A Redwood City 6.3 6 San Bruno 5.4 5.2 San Carlos 4.2 4 San Mateo 5.0 4.7 South San Francisco 7.7 7.4 Woodside N/A N/A
A year ago at this time, the jobless rate was at 11 percent, according to the California Employment Development Department.
In the Bay Area, the highest jobless rate was in Solano County at 10 percent in January. Other counties saw unemployment rates rise, including San Francisco where December's 6.5 percent rate bumped up to 6.8 percent in January.
The lowest unemployment rates in the Bay Area and state remain in Marin County at 5.8 percent.
However, that rate increased slightly from 5.5 percent in December.
Nationwide, the unemployment rate in January was 7.9 percent.
Bay City News contributed to this report.
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