Unemployment drops in August | TheUnion.com

Unemployment drops in August

Unemployment in Nevada County declined 0.7 percent in August to 3.8 percent, seventh lowest in the state, according to figures released Monday by the state Economic Development Department.

The decline from July totals was attributed by Mary Mahoney, labor market consultant for EDD, to the return to work of bus drivers, school janitors and others whose jobs are tied to education.

Employment stood at 29,100 in August, essentially unchanged from the August 2003 total. Mahoney said this reflects the replacement of seasonal jobs with the year-round jobs in the county, particularly the Truckee area.

The state unemployment rate dipped to 5.8 from a revised 6.2 percent in July, a three-year low. A survey of employers indicated that 14.5 million people held payroll jobs in August. Farm workers and the self-employed were not included in the survey.

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