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August 17, 2012
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Douglas jobless rate holds steady in July

Douglas County's unemployment rate remained steady in July at 12.4 percent while surrounding counties saw increases.

Once home to the third highest unemployment rate in Nevada, Douglas actually saw a slight decrease in the number of jobless during the month. With the release of Friday's numbers, the county actually dropped out of the top five to sixth in the state, passed by Clark, which jumped from 12.2 to 12.9 percent.

Even Carson City, which has consistently been a percent lower than Douglas during the year rose to 12.2 percent, which is as close as it has come to the Douglas rate.

The Douglas total labor force dropped by 50 workers to 22,210 while the number of workers filing for unemployment decreased 10 to 2,750.

Nevada's unemployment rate rose 0.4 of a percentage point, to a seasonally adjusted 12 percent in July, however it is still

down year over year and two percentage points below the recessionary peak of 14 percent, said Bill Anderson, chief

economist for the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. The 12 percent rate of joblessness

equates to 163,700 people out of work in the state. While not directly comparable to the state's seasonally adjusted figure, the Las Vegas metro area has the highest unemployment rate amongst the state's three population centers, at 12.9 percent, not seasonally adjusted, in July. In Carson City, the July unemployment rate stood at 12.2 percent. The Reno-Sparks tallied a 12 percent rate, Anderson said.

At the county-level, the state's rural regions continue to have the lowest jobless rates. Lander County, with a rate of 5.7 percent in July, leads the way. Esmeralda is next lowest, at 6.5 percent, followed by Elko County's 6.7 percent. The highest unemployment rates continue to be found in the "bedroom communities" of Nye (15.5 percent) and Lyon (15.3 percent) Counties.

Over the past 12 months, the Nevada economy has added 10,300 jobs, with 12,600 new positions in private establishments being partially offset by losses in the public sector. The leisure and hospitality sector continues to be the driving force behind Nevada's job growth, providing 5,100 new jobs over the year and 1,200 over the month.

"I am pleased that job growth continued for a 13th consecutive month, but against the backdrop of a weak national

economy not all the news was good," Governor Brian Sandoval said. "As part of Nevada's slow recovery, our state experienced a slight uptick in unemployment in July, as occurred in the country as a whole. This news is further evidence that we must continue business development efforts to attract new companies and support the expansion of existing companies to get more Nevadans back to work."

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The Record Courier Updated Aug 17, 2012 11:27AM Published Aug 17, 2012 11:25AM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.