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From hot to hotter: Placer jobless count drops

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Placer County’s unemployment rate dropped even further in May — down to 2.8 percent.

The Employment Development Department figure, released this past week with regional totals, shows Placer tied for 10th lowest jobless rate in the state and the leader in the region. Placer’s April jobless rate was 2.9 percent.

Neighboring counties are also faring well. Nevada County’s jobless rate in May was 3.2 percent — good for 16th place in the state. El Dorado County’s was 3.2 percent, too. Sacramento County (3.4 percent) and Yolo County (3.6) were also in the Top 25 in California.

Education and health services sectors continued strong year-over-year growth, contributing 6,400 new jobs to the region’s total of 993,800 jobs.

Cara Welch, a labor market analyst with the state, said construction led the region in May with an increase of 1,100 jobs tied to a normal, seasonal job gain from April to May. Specialty trade contractors gained 800 jobs. Construction of buildings added 200 workers.

The increase in health jobs was reflected in the number of job ads counted in the monthly survey by the Economic Development Department. Registered nursing positions accounted for 867 of the ads placed. Heavy truck and tractor-trailer truck drivers were also in demand, with 695 ads.

Employers with the most job ads were Sutter Health (607), Dignity Health (514), University of California, Davis (468), Randstad (450) and Kaiser Permanente (364).