With an unemployment rate of 5.9%, Nevada County ranked 12th out of 58 counties in the state in terms of employment rate last month, according to the latest data released by the Department of Development of state employment.
The data shows a slight increase in the county’s unemployment rate from the previous two months – 5.8% and 5.4% in April and May, respectively.
Statewide, according to a press release issued by the Employment Development Department on Friday, the unemployment rate in June was 7.7%. The state’s current situation has been described as “nearly half of the 14.1 affected just a year ago, but still 3.4 percentage points above the pre-pandemic level seen in February 2020 ”.
The county saw a similar trajectory a year ago, falling to an unemployment rate of 5.9% last month from the 11.2% reached in June 2020.
“INCREASE IN TOURISM”
“Leisure and hospitality … continued to have the largest month-over-month increase in the state for the fifth consecutive month, thanks to hiring of restaurants and increased tourism.” the Employment Development Department said in its statement, adding that the “Other Services” category also performed well statewide, with an increase in personal and laundry services.
“Other Services” is a private service employment category that includes industries such as automobiles, electronics, and other repairs and maintenance; personal care, dry cleaning and laundry services; and religious, civic and social organizations.
Following the statewide pattern, the leisure and hospitality and “other services” categories in Nevada County experienced some of the highest increases in employment from May to June – albeit in the In reverse order, with “other services” taking first place with 11.2%, leisure activities and hotels follow with an increase of 10%.
As of June, according to state data, Nevada County’s “Other Services” category employed 1,780 people and more than 3,950 people were employed in the recreation and hospitality category.
Sherry Villanueva, managing partner of Acme Hospitality, which owns and operates the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley and the National Exchange Hotel in Nevada City, said Monday through a spokesperson that the National had hired 95 people.
The National reopened in May after a renovation that lasted more than two years, and according to Villanueva, both hotels are still actively hiring more employees for all job titles.
Victoria Penate is a writer for The Union. She can be reached at [email protected]