Unemployment up to 11.3% in Nevada County | TheUnion.com

Unemployment up to 11.3% in Nevada County

More Nevada County residents were unemployed in August compared to a year ago, state figures show.

Meanwhile, the number of jobs in the county has declined, with 27,730 jobs as of Aug. 1 compared to 28,030 jobs a year before.

Greatest job growth in the past year was in state government, remaining at 530 jobs, compared to 480 a year ago, the figures show.

Overall, the civilian labor force in the county is shrinking, according to preliminary figures for August, released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.

The statistics don’t explain why people left the labor force.

“It could be people leaving the area or taking early retirement,” EDD labor market analyst Diane Patterson said.

In August, 51,220 people were counted as working or actively looking for work. Of those, 5,790 were unemployed, for an unemployment rate of 11.3 percent.

A year ago, 51,440 people were classified as being in the work force, with 5,510 unemployed, for a civilian unemployment rate of 10.7 percent.

Job growth from July to August in the education sector reflects education workers going back to school, Patterson said.

Nevada County suffered less than California as a whole, with unemployment at 12.4 percent statewide, but more than the national average of 9.5 percent unemployment.

The labor force is defined as people who are working and employable people actively looking for work, Patterson added.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail tkleist@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4230.

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