Jobless rate slips in county |

Jobless rate slips in county

NEVADA CITY – Despite a high-tech slowdown that has hit some offices here, unemployment declined in Nevada County last month, according to figures released by the state.

Some recent events, including layoffs, suggest the economy here may be sputtering a little, though.

Preliminary unemployment figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department show a Nevada County unemployment rate of 3.4 percent in April, down from 3.7 percent in March, and 3.6 percent a year ago.

Though unemployment decreased, the total number of jobs in Nevada County declined by 0.8 percent, from 28,150 in March to 27,930 in April. The number of jobs is still up 1.3 percent from a year ago, when the state reported 27,560 jobs in the county.

Some high-tech companies with offices in Nevada County have laid off employees as part of a slowdown in computer and high-tech industries.

Mary Mahoney, a labor market analyst with the Employment Development Department, said Nevada County’s unemployment figures looked good after a report last week that showed U.S. unemployment rising in April.

The indicators of a nationwide slump are not appearing in Nevada County, said Mahoney.

Mahoney said April’s report was good for Nevada County because it showed a drop in the unemployment rate over the past year, more jobs added over the past year, and an unemployment figure that ranked Nevada County 4th among the state’s 58 counties.

Industries showing fewer jobs include local government, down by 50 jobs in April from a month ago; health services, down by 30 jobs; construction, down by 20 jobs; electronic equipment, down by 10 jobs; industrial machinery, down by 10 jobs; and printing and publishing, down by 10 jobs.

Industries with more jobs in April were farms, with 30 more jobs; food stores, with 20 more jobs; eating and drinking places, with 10 more jobs; retail trade, with 20 more jobs; hotels, with 10 more jobs. The figures are preliminary and are not adjusted for seasonal effects.

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