Douglas jobless numbers down in July |

Douglas jobless numbers down in July

Staff Reports

Unemployment dropped to 8 percent in Douglas County during July, down from 10 percent at the beginning of the year.

There are 950 more employed workers than there were at the beginning of the year and 380 fewer jobless workers, according to figures released Friday by Nevada Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

There are 21,620 workers in Douglas County's total labor force, according to the state. These figures don't include workers whose benefits have expired, or who have stopped looking for work.

Statewide the jobless rate held at 7.7 percent, with 44,600 more jobs than there were in July 2013, making the month the 43rd continuous of year over year job growth in the state.

"The same is true in all of Nevada's metropolitan statistical areas," said Bill Anderson, chief economist for the department. "Las Vegas is up 3,000 jobs over the month, and up 25,700 over the year. Reno job growth was flat this month, but is still up 7,300 year over year. Carson City experienced no month growth, but is up 100 compared to July 2013."

Construction payrolls expanded by 7,500 jobs relative compared to July 2013, a growth rate of 13.4 percent.

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In the second quarter of 2014, 210 homes were sold, according to the Douglas County Assessor's Office. While not as many as in 2013, the average sale price was $296,320, the highest since the third quarter of 2009. The number of houses sold the same year as built in 2013 was 60, more than double the previous year's total. Figures for 2014 weren't available.

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