Jobless rate rises, but still seasonal |

Jobless rate rises, but still seasonal

Despite concerns about a slowing economy, not much changed in Nevada County’s unemployment numbers for January but the weather.

The unemployment rate in January was 3.8 percent in Nevada County, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. The previous month’s rate was a revised 3 percent.

There were 1,730 people without work in January, compared with 1,390 people in December.

Though unemployment shot up, much of that was due to layoffs in seasonal businesses such as retail and construction, said Mary Mahoney, a labor market consultant for EDD.

“I think we had a little bit of seasonality,” she said.

Construction employment was down by 280 jobs, and retail establishments employed 190 fewer people.

Electronic equipment, printing and publishing, and the federal government added jobs.

Nevada County’s unemployment rate is still lower than January 2000, when unemployment stood at 4.3 percent.

The unemployment rate in California was 5.1 percent, up from 4.4 percent in December. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, up from 3.7 percent the previous month.

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