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County jobless rate continues to drop

TONY DONDERO, Sun News Service

Unemployment dropped again in Nevada County to a rate of 4.6 percent in April.

That is down from a 5.3 percent rate in March, and also below the rate of 5.8 percent in April 1998.

California’s jobless rate for April was a seasonally adjusted 5.6 percent, a drop from 5.8 percent in March and less than the 5.9 percent rate in April 1998.

Some of the significant increases in employment in Nevada County occurred in the hotel industry, which added 40 jobs for a 12.1 percent increase, and the construction industry, which added 90 jobs for a 6.4 percent increase.

The federal government added 20 more jobs in the county, a 5.1 percent increase.

Other increases

Other increases were in farming (up 11.1 percent), eating-and-drinking establishments (60 jobs added for a 3.1 percent increase) and retail trade (90 jobs added for a 1.5 percent increase).

The only significant decline was in mining (10 of 20 jobs lost), while there were smaller declines in services (1.2 percent) and retail food stores (1.8 percent).

Increase in jobs

The number of jobs in the state in April – 13,878,600 – represents an increase of 1,858,800 since May 1993, the lowest point of the latest recession, and 1,338,000 more jobs since the pre-recession peak in July 1990.

Rates

Estimated unemployment rates for communities in Nevada County are:

Grass Valley, 6.6 percent; Nevada City, 4.6 percent; Alta Sierra, 3.9 percent; Lake of the Pines, 1.8 percent; Truckee, 4 percent.


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