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Unemployment rate rises in January

Nevada County’s unemployment rate was at 6.2 percent in January — a slight increase over December’s rate, but still lower than the county’s jobless rate from one year ago, according to preliminary numbers released by the state’s Employment Development Department.

In January, 3,030 members of the county’s labor force — which boasts just over 49,000 people — were without jobs. In December, Nevada County had a total of 2,760 unemployed residents for a jobless rate of 5.7 percent.

Despite the uptick in January, the unemployment rate fell by more than a full percentage point from January 2014, when it was at 7.4 percent.

Nevada County’s unemployment rate is lower than California’s 7.3 percent rate, and right on par with the country’s unemployment rate, which was 6.1 percent in January.

Two of Nevada County’s biggest job sectors posted slight gains in January. Government, which includes local, state and federal jobs, added 140 jobs for a total of 6,650 employees, an increase of 2.2 percent over the previous month.

The leisure and hospitality industry added 150 jobs — a 2.8 percent increase from December — for a total of 5,450 jobs.

Both industries have been steadily adding jobs over the past year — the number of government jobs in Nevada County has increased by 11.8 percent since January 2014 and the number of jobs in the leisure and hospitality industry has increased 8.6 percent during that time.

Other significant sectors posted slight monthly job losses. Education and health services lost 20 jobs, a decrease of less than 1 percent, bringing total employment in the sector to 5,060. The sector still added 140 total jobs from January 2014 to January 2015.

Trade, transportation and utilities employed 4,590 people in January, 100 fewer than in December. Overall, the sector has lost 120 jobs since January 2014, a decrease of 2.5 percent.

Nevada County’s unemployment rate is the 14th lowest in the state. San Mateo County has the lowest unemployment rate at 3.9 percent, while Colusa County has the highest rate at 23.2 percent.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email elavin@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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