Unemployment in county drops | TheUnion.com

Unemployment in county drops

George Boardman

Nevada County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in April, fueled by gains in manufacturing and construction jobs that more than offset the loss of seasonal ski resort employment.

The state Employment Development Department reported Friday that 46,940 people were working in the county in March, an increase of 230 over the same period a year ago.

Nevada County’s unemployment rate in March was 5.3 percent.

In April, natural resources, mining and construction employment totaled 2,940 jobs, an 8.5 increase from a year earlier, while manufacturing was up 7.8 percent to 1,930, according to EDD. The end of the ski season resulted in the loss of 200 jobs at mountain resorts.

Mary Mahoney, a state labor market consultant, said the gain in manufacturing jobs reflects the growth of small technology firms in the area, “an encouraging sign for the county’s future.”

The state unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in March, compared to a national rate of 5.4 percent.

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