Nevada County in top 20 in state employment rate |

Nevada County in top 20 in state employment rate

A monthly study released by the Employment Development Department ranked Nevada County 15th in labor force employment in February after having a lower unemployment rate than more than 40 other counties in the state.

Released last week, the EDD found that in the month of February, the county had an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent, down from 8.7 percent in February 2013. Marin County came in first with an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in February. San Mateo County came in a close second at 5 percent.

The national unemployment rate for February is 7 percent. Statewide the unemployment rate was 8.5 percent, down from California's rate of 9.7 percent a year ago. Since January 2012, Nevada County's monthly unemployment rate has been anywhere from 7.1 percent to a flat 10 percent.

According to the EDD study, Nevada County had 49,740 workers countywide, and of those workers, 3,680 were unemployed. The county, though, has lost more than 1,000 available workers since February of last year, and out of the more than 18.6 million labor force workers statewide, Nevada County makes up less than one-percent of California's workforce.

This month, the county saw a 14.3 percent increase in farm workers compared to January but also saw a 3-percent dip in federal government employment. Year to date, the county has had close to a 6-percent drop in manufacturing employment compared to this time last year and has more than 25,500 service-providing workers, up more than 300 workers in that industry from last year.

Data from the EDD study was produced by the state's Labor Market Information Division and was calculated using statistics that were not rounded. The county's total civilian labor workforce was collected by each worker's place of residence, the EDD included self-employed individuals, unpaid family workers, household domestic workers and workers on strike.

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To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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