County’s 12.1% jobless rate edges out California’s number |

County’s 12.1% jobless rate edges out California’s number


It’s a dubious honor: Nevada County’s 12.1 percent jobless rate in January easily sets a 20-year record.

But there’s a silver lining in the black cloud of unemployment – the county’s rate is lower than California overall, and is in the top 15 counties for highest employment.

The numbers were released Wednesday by the state Employment Development Department (EDD).

Rates are best in Mono and Marin counties, and worst for Imperial and Colusa counties.

Placer County fared slightly better than Nevada County, with a 12.0 percent jobless rate.

The EDD keeps monthly data by county back through 1990. November 2009 was the previous high, with a 11.8 percent unemployment rate.

For more on the story, see Friday’s edition of The Union.

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