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January 18, 2013
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Douglas jobless rate drops again

Douglas County's jobless rate continued its six-month slide, dropping to 10.9 percent during December.

That's because its labor force shrank to the lowest number of the year, as did the number of total employed and the number of unemployed.

At 18,200, the county had the lowest number of employed for the year. In all, 2,220 collected unemployment during the month of December.

The unemployment rate for November was 11.3 percent.

Despite the decreases, Douglas County edged back into the top five counties with the highest unemployment rates.

Neighboring Lyon County continued to lead the state with a 13.7 percent rate, followed by Nye, Lincoln and Mineral counties.

Statewide, Nevada saw a decline in its unemployment rate from 10.8 percent in November to 10.2 percent. This equates to 138, 800 people unemployed and it marks the lowest the rate has been since February 2009, said Bill Anderson, chief economist for Nevada's Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. The rate averaged 11.6 percent for 2012, down nearly two percentage points from 2011.

"I'm pleased that we've ended the year on a positive note, with four straight months of decline in the unemployment rate and a gain of nearly 19,000 jobs in December compared to a year ago, but we have much more room for improvement," Gov. Brian Sandoval said.

For the three major population centers, Carson City's unemployment rate dropped to 10.1 percent in December, from 12.8 percent a year ago. Las Vegas' rate fell to 10 percent, from 13.3 percent in December 201. For the second month in a row, the Reno/Sparks rate was in the single-digits and is down 2.8 points from a year ago, at

9.6 percent.

"All major indicators suggest that Nevada ended the year on a strong note ," Anderson said. "Unemployment is down, job readings are up, and initial claims for unemployment insurance are trending down. Along with other factors, this gives clear indication that Nevada's economy is indeed on the mend. While improvement is slow, these are still good signs that we are heading in a positive direction."

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The Record Courier Updated Jan 18, 2013 11:33AM Published Jan 18, 2013 11:33AM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.