County unemployment rate now 5.4 percent |

County unemployment rate now 5.4 percent

The state Employment Development Department reported Friday that Nevada County’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in January, but changes in how the rate is calculated makes comparisons with earlier periods difficult.

Mary Mahoney, labor market consultant for EDD, said three changes have been made that impact the way unemployment numbers are calculated:

• The federal government has revised its methodology for calculating unemployment.

• The state, which uses a monthly survey to determine the level of unemployment, has revised its calculations based on actual payroll numbers.

• The federal government is now using 2000 U.S. Census figures to determine how many people live in an area, instead of the 1990 census.

The state reported that 28,510 people were working in Nevada County in January, and that Nevada County has the 12th lowest unemployment rate in the state. In recent months, the county ranked in the top 10.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 6.2 percent.

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