County jobless rate dips |

County jobless rate dips

Nevada County’s unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.3 percent for July, according to the state Employment Development Department.

That’s on a par with the national unemployment rate of 4.3 percent and lower than California’s seasonally adjusted rate of 5.2 percent, the lowest rate since March 1990.

There were 41,390 people employed in Nevada County, a 0.9 percent increase from June and 0.8 increase over the past 12 months.

Employment at hotels and other lodging businesses shot up 20 percent in July, with an addition of 100 new jobs.

Job growth in the construction sector continued with 130 new jobs, a 7.4 percent increase over last month.

The nondurable goods sector of the county economy witnessed an 8.6 percent increase, boosted by 30 new jobs in the printing-and-publishing industry.

The largest job decline came in the local government sector which was down 8.4 percent.

The number of unemployed in the state was 869,000, a decline of 23,000 over the month and lowest number of unemployed in California since July 1990, when 865,000 were jobless.

Of the unemployed, 440,600 were laid off, 110,000 left their jobs voluntarily, and the rest were new entrants or re-entrants into the job market.

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