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Placer Top 10-ranked jobless rate drops some more

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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State statistics released Friday show a buoyant jobs market for Placer County residents continuing.

Placer maintained its No. 10 ranking among California’s 58 counties for lowest unemployment rate, August numbers showed.

The county’s 3.2 percent jobless rate was also the lowest in the region. It marks a decrease from July’s Employment Development Department estimate of 3.3 percent — which was also good for 10th spot in the state.

Nearby counties also recorded jobless percentages below 4 percent in August.

Neighboring Nevada County was in 12th place statewide at 3.4 percent — a decrease from July’s 3.6 percent. Other percentages were: El Dorado County (3.5), Sacramento county (3.9) and Yolo County (3.9).

Labor market analyst Cara Welch said education and health services played a strong role in job growth between July and August in the statistical area that takes in Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo counties.

Government jobs also contributed to employment increases, with 1,200 new jobs added. Manufacturing gained 800 jobs. The leisure and hospitality industry pared down its workforce by 1,200 jobs.

The total number of jobs in the four-county area increased by 4,000 to 988,900 — nearly making the 1 million jobs threshold.

The health care industry helped keep healthy job totals afloat, with strong demand for employees noted in the number of job ads. Sutter Health and Dignity Health led the region in job ads seeking employees, with 633 and 573 respectively. Robert Half International (468), General Electric (382), Randstad (378), University of California, Davis (363), Target Corp. (345), Kaiser Permanente (309), UC Davis Health (209) and San Juan Unified School District (209) rounded out the regional Top 10.