County unemployment holds steady |

County unemployment holds steady

Nevada County’s unemployment rate in December remained at 4.2 percent – the same as the month before, according to state figures released Friday.

The county’s unemployment rate was unchanged from November to December, according to preliminary figures issued by the state Employment Development Department. The figures are not adjusted for seasonal effects.

Statewide unemployment dropped from 5.9 percent in November to 5.7 percent in December. U.S. unemployment rose from 5.3 percent to 5.4 percent during the same period.

Nevada County had the 12th lowest unemployment rate in the state for December.

Rainy weather accounted for fewer jobs in construction and logging, said Mary Mahoney, a state labor market analyst.

The construction sector was down 140 jobs during December. And the sector that includes logging was down 140 jobs, much of that due to rainy weather.

The holiday season added some jobs in Nevada County to balance out the rainy weather. There were 20 more jobs in transportation from November to December, reflecting holiday deliveries.

The total number of jobs in Nevada County dropped from 28,000 to 27,720 from November to December. A year ago, in December 2001, jobs totaled 28,750.

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