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Unemployment numbers in Nevada County continue to improve

The Nevada County unemployment rate is at its lowest point for the past year, down to 4 percent from last April’s 4.8 percent, and 4.4 percent from the March.

April’s rate for the county is below that of both California and the U.S. overall, according to reports from the Employment Development Department. The California unemployment rate for the month of April was 4.5 percent, a half percent greater than Nevada County; the U.S. rate was at 4.1 percent, just above the county.

The reports show an overall downward trend in the county unemployment rate, down nearly one percent along with a small increase in total wages over the past year.



WORK FORCE AND INDUSTRIES



According to the Employment Development Department’s unadjusted rates, 45,470 people were employed with 1,880 people unemployed in April, making up the county’s 47,350-person labor force. Total wage and salary averages $31,630, down $290 from March, but up by $60 from April of last year.

The mining, logging and construction industry is up 170 for April from March. Manufacturing and information are both up 10, and professional and business services are up by 40.

Leisure and hospitality were down 390 for the month; however, only down by 20 compared to April of last year. Education and health services are down by 70 for the month of April. The trade, transportation and utilities and government industries are down by 40 from March to April.

Bjorn Johnson is a Bitney College Prep High School student and intern with The Union. Contact him at NCPCIntern@TheUnion.com.


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