County unemployment rate down for July |

County unemployment rate down for July

NEVADA CITY -Despite some recent layoffs, Nevada County’s unemployment rate fell during July, according to state figures released Friday.

The California Employment Development Department reported that the county’s unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in July, down from 3.6 percent in June and 3.9 percent in July 2000.

That was the ninth lowest rate in the state, tied with El Dorado and Contra Costa counties. The preliminary figures are not adjusted for seasonal effects.

There were 14.8 percent fewer people looking for work than a year ago, 1,560 out of a countywide labor force of 45,840.

The total number of jobs -28,180 – was down by 1.6 percent from July 2000, and down 1.7 percent from June.

While there were some recent layoffs, Nevada County seems to be faring pretty well, said a state analyst.

“You look at all the other communities around, and we’re really doing pretty darned good,” said Mary Mahoney, a labor market analyst with the EDD.

Employment changes in July included layoffs at Add-Vision/Precision Printers, a Grass Valley firm that issued a furlough, or temporary layoff, notice to most of its employees July 6.

Employment in the printing and publishing sector reflected that layoff. The number of jobs was down 60, from 320 to 260, according to the EDD report.

The California unemployment rate went up a scant 0.1 percent to an seasonally unadjusted 5.3 percent in July.

The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged from a month ago at 4.7 percent.

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