hiring.jpgUnemployment throughout the state dropped slightly in October, while Bay Area counties maintained similar rates from September, according to a state employment report released today.

The California unemployment rate dropped from 10.2 percent in September to 10.1 percent last month. In October 2011, the jobless rate was 11.5 percent, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.

Locally, Marin County maintained the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 5.8 percent in October, the same as the previous month.

The highest unemployment numbers in the region come from Solano County, where a 9.3 percent rate continued in October.

San Francisco’s rate remained at 6.8 percent.

The national unemployment rate jumped slightly to 7.9 percent in October compared to 7.8 percent the previous month, according to officials.

The state’s unemployment rate is derived from a federal survey of 5,500 households throughout California.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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