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Pandemic Pushes Jobless Rate To Record High

The coronavirus pandemic has driven California’s unemployment rate to 15-point-5 percent for April, topping the worst of the Great Recession years of 2008 through 2010. It also hit an all-time high in Nevada County of 14-point-5 percent. Nearly half of all the jobs in the Leisure and Hospitality sector were wiped out, or 25-hundred-10. Retail Trade had the second-highest drop, but by a much more modest drop of 540. And Sheila Stock, a labor market analyst for the State Employment Development Department, says the May rate will be even higher, although not as dramatic..

click to listen to Sheila Stock

And Stock says June should reflect a slight comeback from counties starting to reopen businesses and other sectors…

click to listen to Sheila Stock

The previous highest unemployment rate in Nevada County was 12-point-2 percent, in March of 2010. The county’s rate is also now the 22nd lowest among the state’s 58 counties.

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