Douglas County unemployment dropped six-tenths of a percent in November hitting 9 percent for the first time in five years, according to figures released by the state Friday morning.
The county’s total labor force continues to decline, dropping another 250 workers from the rolls. The number of unemployed dropped by 160. The number of employed workers decreased by 90.
The unemployment rate still has a ways to go to catch up to November 2008, when it was 8.5 percent.
That month there were 24,010 workers in the labor force, with 22,010 of them employed.
In November 2013, there were 20,670 workers in Douglas County’s total labor force with 18,810 of them employed.
Statewide, the unemployment rate also fell to 9 percent.
“I am encouraged by recent labor market trends,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said. “The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since November 2008, and employment has increased for 35 consecutive months (measured on a year-over-year basis), with nearly every sector of Nevada’s economy making a contribution.”
Bill Anderson, chief economist for the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, said the recovery continues to be slow compared to other states.
“Because the Silver State was the hardest hit, its recovery will take longer. Of the jobs lost during 2007 to 2011, about one quarter of them have returned.”
Neighboring Lyon County, which has consistently had the highest unemployment rate in the state, was down to 11.2 percent in November, not enough to knock it from its perch.