Nevada County added 350 jobs to the work force from July to August, according to statistics provided by the California Labor Market Information Division.
The government sector was largely responsible for the increase in jobs, 460 jobs month over month, according to the labor division.
The large leap in jobs was offset by losses in the wholesale trade market, the leisure and hospitality industry and a slight decrease in manufacturing jobs.
The county’s unemployment rate declined slightly from July to August, as it currently registers at 8.9 percent, down 0.6 percentage points from 9.5 percent in July.
Schools hiring back non-educational employees results in an annual increase in government jobs as the academic year begins, said Diane Patterson, in a previous interview with The Union.
Nevada County’s unemployment rate is below that of California (10.4 percent), but above that of the national rate (8.2 percent).
Placer County has a higher unemployment rate (9.3 percent), as does Sierra County (11.1 percent) and Yuba County (17.1 percent). Yuba County has the second highest unemployment rate behind only Imperial County (29.9 percent).
Nevada County has the 12th lowest unemployment rate out of the 58 counties in California. Marin County comes in with the lowest at 6.1 percent.
Alta Sierra has the lowest unemployment rate of the Census Designated Places with 7 percent. Penn Valley has the highest rate at 11.8 percent. Nevada City’s rate is 10.7 percent, Grass Valley registers at 8.1 percent, Lake of the Pines’ rate is 7.9 percent and Lake Wildwood comes in at 8.7 percent.
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The county’s unemployment rate declined slightly from July to August ...