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State unemployment rate grows to 10.5 percent

Gov. Schwarzenegger said the administration needs stimulus funding quickly

Alameda County's unemployment rate is at 9.7 percent as California's unemployment rate continues to rise, reaching 10.5 percent in February. Around the Bay Area, jobless figures are also growing, according to data released today by the state Employment Development Department.

The state's jobless rate was 10.1 percent in January and 9.3 percent in December, and was only 6.2 percent in February 2008.

Non-seasonally adjusted data from the nine-county Bay Area in February showed that Solano County remained the hardest hit by the economic turn. Its unemployment rate rose to 10.4 percent from 10.1 percent in January.

The nationwide unemployment rate also rose to 8.1 percent last month, according to the Employment Development Department.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a statement today about the unemployment numbers, saying the figures were "exactly why my administration is working tirelessly with the federal government to pump federal economic stimulus funding into our economy to create jobs as quickly as possible."

Unemployment rates in Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties were 9.9 percent and 9.3 percent, respectively.

Marin County had the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 6.8 percent, although it has risen from 6.6 percent since January.

Sonoma, Napa, San Francisco and San Mateo counties' employment rates were 9.1 percent, 8.5 percent, 8.3 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively.

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