Douglas jobless numbers show decrease |

Douglas jobless numbers show decrease

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Douglas County's unemployment rate dropped below double digits to 9.9 percent in February, according to numbers released by the state on Friday.

The county's total labor force expanded to 21,280 workers, while the number of jobless dropped 60 to 2,110.

The county's unemployment rate is tied with Carson City and Pershing County for fourth highest in the state.

Statewide, the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in February, which equates to 116,600 people who are jobless. The rate declined 0.2 of a percentage point from January to February and 0.5 of a percentage point since December, said Bill Anderson, chief economist for Nevada's Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

Carson City had the highest unemployment rate among the state's three metro areas in February at 9.9 percent. Las Vegas had the lowest jobless rate at 8.6 percent. The unemployment rate recorded in the Reno-Sparks area was 8.8 percent.

"It is encouraging to see the continued improvement in our economy," said Gov. Brian Sandoval. "Nevada has now experienced 38 consecutive months of job growth, and the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since October 2008. While the news continues to be positive, too many in our state remain out of work. We must continue our focus on job creation until every Nevadan who wants a job has one."

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Anderson said last month, Nevada's 3.4 percent year-over-year growth rate led the nation; this month the state's annualized growth rate is 3.6 percent.

Anderson added of particular interest are statistics concerning part- and full-time employment. He said that 88 percent of employment gains over the past year have been in full-time positions, with part-time employment accounting for 12 percent of recent gains.

"This month's report suggests that Nevada continues to show progress in recovery from the recession," Anderson said. "Employers are continuing to add jobs and consumer confidence continues to show improvement. All and all, the state is moving in a positive direction."

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