County’s unemployment rate dropped in September |

County’s unemployment rate dropped in September

Unemployment in Nevada County dropped in September, following state and U.S. trends.

Nevada County’s unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percent from August to 3.8 percent in September, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

State unemployment also fell 0.2 percent to 6.1 percent, and U.S. unemployment fell 0.3 percent to 5.4 percent. The figures are not adjusted for seasonal effects.

The biggest percentage changes in Nevada County employment sectors were seasonal, said Mary Mahoney, EDD labor market consultant

The changes include an estimated drop of 70 jobs in hotel employment and a drop of 90 jobs in restaurants and bars as the summer travel season wound down.

The biggest increase in employment occurred in local government – schools – which added 390 jobs.

The total number of jobs in the county was pegged at 29,220, a 0.2 percent increase from August, but down 0.2 percent from September 2000.

Nevada County is tied with Santa Barbara County for the fifth-lowest unemployment rate in the state.

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