#18. Napa, California

- Total gain: 9,300 (15.6% increase)

- May 2021 employment: 69,000

- May 2020 employment: 59,700

California enjoyed the largest job increases over the last year statewide, according to BLS data released July 16.

Napa County saw its unemployment rate drop by more than half between June 2020 and 2021, a sure sign of recovery following shutdowns last year. Recovery here has come more quickly than that following the Great Recession more than a decade ago, but employment growth has slowed and the workforce remains smaller overall than this time in 2019.

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