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Unemployment rates in Bay Area below state average

Rate in six counties below 4%

The unemployment rate in all nine Bay Area counties was below the

state average in September, state employment officials announced Friday.

The unemployment rate in the Bay Area ranged from a low of 3.1

percent in San Mateo County to a high of 5.3 percent in Solano County, while the state's unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent.

The unemployment rate in six counties was below 4 percent and

between 4 and 5 percent in two counties, officials with the California Employment Development Department said.

The data are preliminary and not adjusted for seasonal factors.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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