Unemployment rates continued to drop in March in California and in the Bay Area, according to employment data released Friday.
The California unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent in March, down from 9.6 percent in February and well below a year ago when it stood at 10.7 percent, according to the California Employment Development Department.
In the Bay Area, the jobless rate was down in many counties, including San Francisco, which decreased to 6 percent in March. The city's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in January and 6.3 percent in February.
Contra Costa County's unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent from 8.1 in February.
Marin County, which consistently has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, dropped to 5.2 percent last month.
The highest unemployment rate in the Bay Area for March was in Solano County at 8.9 percent. However, that figure fell from 9.3 percent the previous month.
Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent in March, a slight decrease from February's 7.7 percent rate.