Nevada County unemployment rises, sees dip in government jobs |

Nevada County unemployment rises, sees dip in government jobs

Nevada County fell to 16th in statewide labor force employment in July, going from 6.2 percent unemployment in June, to 6.7 percent this past month. Year-to-date the county has seen a 3.3 percent loss in workforce, or 1,650 workers, according to a preliminary monthly study released by the Employment Development Department.

The most drastic change the county saw in July was a more than 15 percent dip in local government employment, which is equivalent to 840 jobs. Federal jobs saw a 10 percent uptick last month, and year-to-date government employment, including state, local and federal, is up by 2.1 percent from this time last year.

The leisure and hospitality sector saw another marked increase in July, with a gain of 310 jobs, making up more than 7 percent of the industry. The sector has seen a consistent dip since January, and year-to-date has seen a 6.3 percent loss, going from 4,790 jobs last July, to 4,490 jobs, this past month.

Manufacturing jobs saw no changes, but year to date has seen the biggest loss with a 12.6 percent dip in employment. The private service providing sector had a 2 percent uptick in employment in July, gaining 380 jobs.

Other upticks in employment last month came from the information sector, which saw a 3.3 percent increase, the mining, logging and construction sector rose by more than 1 percent, with a 30-job increase, and the goods producing sector saw a .8 percent employment increase, equivalent to another 30 jobs.

The national unemployment rate in July was 6.5 percent. California's unemployment rate the same month was 7.8 percent, up from the state's rate of 7.3 percent in June.

According to the EDD study, Nevada County has 48,650 workers county-wide, and of those workers, 3,260 are unemployed, giving the county an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent. The county, though, makes up less than 1 percent of California's workforce of more than 18.5 million.

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.

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