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Nevada County sees uptick in employment and workforce

Ivan Natividad
Staff Writer

Nevada County rose back up to 15th in statewide labor force employment in June, and also saw a more than 1-percent uptick in civilian workforce.

Year-to-date, though, the county has seen a 3.7 percent loss in workforce, or 1,860 workers, and in turn has seen a marked drop in its unemployment rate going from 7.8 percent in June 2013, to 6.2 percent in June of this year, according to a preliminary monthly study released by the Employment Development Department (EDD).

After seeing a consistent drop in the county’s leisure and hospitality sector, the EDD found that the industry had a marked increase in June, with a gain of 390 jobs, making up more than 10 percent of the industry. The sector has seen a consistent dip since January, and year-to-date has seen a 6.1 percent loss, going from 5,010 jobs, to 4,180 jobs, this past month.

Manufacturing jobs saw another minor uptick in June, with a gain of 20 jobs, or 1.6 percent of the total industry. Year to date, though, manufacturing has seen the biggest loss with a 13.2 percent dip in employment. Ancillary to manufacturing, the private service providing sector had a 2.7 percent uptick in employment in June, gaining 510 jobs.

Other upticks in employment last month came from the service providing sector which saw a 2.6 percent increase in employment, equivalent to 580 jobs. The government sector also saw a gain of 70 jobs, with the bulk of the employment going to the state and local government.

There were also marked increases in the mining, logging and construction sector, which saw a 4.3 percent rise in employment, with a 90-job increase, and the goods producing sector, which saw a 3.4 percent employment increase, equivalent to 130 jobs.

The national unemployment rate in June was 6.3 percent. California’s unemployment rate the same month was 7.3 percent, up from the state’s rate of 7.1 in May.

According to the EDD study, Nevada County has 48,620 workers county-wide, and of those workers, 3,030 are unemployed, giving the county an unemployment rate of 6.2 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 inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.

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