Nevada County unemployment rate dips in February |

Nevada County unemployment rate dips in February

Nevada County’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.9 percent in February, according to preliminary numbers released by California’s Labor Development Department.

That’s a slight decrease over January’s 6.2 percent rate; unemployment in the county has dropped nearly two percentage points since February 2014, the jobless rate was 7.5 percent.

Last month, there were 2,850 county residents without jobs, out of a total labor force — the number of residents over the age of 16 who have a job or are actively seeking a job — of 48,740 people.

Job growth was bolstered by gains in the government sector, which added 140 jobs, as well as the educational and health services sector, which added 30 jobs.

Both sectors have sustained job growth over the past year; the government sector has added 610 jobs since February 2014, while education and health services sector has grown by 170 jobs during that time.

Several industries, including manufacturing, information and retail trade, remained stable in February, posting no job losses from the previous month.

For industries that did lose jobs in February, losses were fairly modest. The biggest losses were posted in the mining, logging and construction industry, which dropped 60 jobs to a total of 2,450 jobs.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector employed 4,550 people in February, 40 fewer people than in January.

Nevada County’s unemployment rate remained on par with the national unemployment rate, which was 5.8 percent in February, and also remained lower than California’s unemployment rate, which was 6.8 percent in February.

California’s jobless rate varies widely by region. Nevada County has the 15th lowest unemployment rate out of California’s 58 counties. San Mateo County, with a labor force of 437,000 people, has the lowest jobless rate at 3.5 percent; Colusa County, with a labor force of 10,960, has the highest at 22.7 percent.

Nevada County’s neighboring counties Placer, Yuba and Sierra have unemployment rates of 5.4 percent, 10.6 percent and 10.9 percent, respectively.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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