Nevada County’s jobless rate falls to 5.2 pct. |

Nevada County’s jobless rate falls to 5.2 pct.

Nevada County’s unemployment rate fell from 5.5 percent in July to 5.2 percent in August, according to preliminary numbers released last week by the state’s Employment Development Department.

That drop was echoed at both the state and national level. California’s jobless rate fell from 6.5 percent in July to 6.1 percent in August, while the county’s unemployment rate fell from 5.6 percent in July to 5.2 percent last month.

Some of the county’s biggest job gains occurred within the educational and health services sector, which added 60 jobs last month; the sector has added more than 300 jobs since August 2014. The goods producing sector also added 80 jobs in August, and, at a total of 4,410 jobs, boasts 70 more jobs than it did in August 2014.

(At a glance: Unemployment rates)

Job losses were recorded in the government sector, which decreased by 80 jobs in August, and the leisure and hospitality sector, which lost 90 jobs last month.

Both industries, however, have demonstrated yearly growth; the government sector has added 270 jobs since August 2014, while the leisure and hospitality sector has netted a gain of 190 jobs in that time frame.

As it did in July, Nevada County had the 18th lowest unemployment rate in the state in August; San Mateo had the state’s lowest jobless rate last month at 3.3 percent, while Imperial County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 23.7 percent.

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

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