Nevada County sees dip in workforce, drop in unemployment |

Nevada County sees dip in workforce, drop in unemployment

Nevada County fell one spot to 13th in statewide labor force employment in September, but went from 6.1 percent unemployment in August to 5.8 percent this past month, due to the loss of 540 civilian workers in September, according to a preliminary monthly study released by the Employment Development Department. Year-to-date, though, the county has seen a 1 percent loss in workforce, or 480 workers,

There were no drastic industry upticks or drops in September, with the county seeing an increase of just 10 government jobs in comparison to a more than 11 percent rise, or 600 jobs, in government employment last month. Year-to-date, government employment, including state, local and federal, is up by 3.4 percent from this time last year, equivalent to 200 more jobs.

The leisure and hospitality sector saw the only marked dip in September, with a loss of 240 jobs, making up 5.4 percent of the industry. The sector has seen a consistent dip since January, and year-to-date has seen a 6.3 percent loss, going from 4,480 jobs in September 2013, to 4,200 jobs, this past month.

Manufacturing jobs saw no change in September, but year to date has seen the biggest loss with a 12 percent dip in employment. Other upticks in employment last month came from the mining, logging and construction sector which rose by 2.2 percent, with a 60-job increase, and the goods producing sector saw a more than 1.5 percent employment increase, equivalent to another 60 jobs.

The farm industry saw a 12.5 percent increase in employment, with just 10 more jobs than last month.

The national unemployment rate in September was 5.7 percent. California’s unemployment rate the same month was 6.9 percent, down from the state’s rate of 7.4 percent in August.

According to the EDD study, Nevada County has 49,120 workers county-wide, and of those workers, 2,840 are unemployed, giving the county an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent. The county, though, makes up less than 1 percent of California’s workforce of more than 18.5 million.

Data from the EDD study was produced by the state’s Labor Market Information Division and was calculated using statistics that were not rounded.

The county’s total civilian labor workforce was collected by each worker’s place of residence; the EDD included self-employed individuals, unpaid family workers, household domestic workers and workers on strike.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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