Unemployment rates in the state and in the Bay Area continued to drop in February, according to employment data released Friday.
The California unemployment rate dropped to 9.6 percent in February, well below a year ago when it stood at 10.8 percent, according to the California Employment Development Department.
In the Bay Area, the jobless rate was down in many counties, including San Francisco, which saw a drop from 6.8 percent in January to 6.3 percent in February.
Contra Costa County saw a 8.1 unemployment rate, down 0.5 percent from January. Daville's unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percent to 4.2 percent while San Ramon unemployment held at 3.3 percent. The Blackhawk/Camino Tassajara area had an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, Dialbo dropped 0.5 percent to 4.2 percent unemployment and Alamo had a 3 percent unemployment rate. Walnut Creek had the highest unemployment numbers with 5.4 percent unemployment.
Marin County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state, dropping to 5.4 percent last month. The highest unemployment rate in the Bay Area for February was in Solano County at 9.3 percent. However, that figure dropped from 10 percent the previous month.
Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in February.