Douglas jobless rate climbs back into double digits |

Douglas jobless rate climbs back into double digits

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Growth in the workforce resulted in unemployment climbing back into double digits in Douglas County in January, hitting 10 percent, according to figures released by the state on Monday.

Douglas County's total labor pool for the first month of 2014 increased to 21,070.

The number of employed workers also rose by 240 over December, but the number of those on unemployment in January also rose by 110 to 2,110.

The closure of the Scolari's after Thanksgiving contributed to the increased unemployment rate. The pending closure of the Horizon at Stateline on April 1 for renovation may also cause a bump in the rate.

The figures reflect only those who are receiving unemployment benefits from the state and does not include those workers whose benefits have run out or who have stopped looking for employment.

Carson City also saw an increase in the unemployment rate, to 10.3 percent for January. It was the first time the capital's unemployment rate exceeded Douglas County's since the beginning of the Great Recession. That pushed Douglas County out of the top five highest rates in the state.

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Neighboring Lyon County continues to lead the state with a 13 percent unemployment rate.

"Job losses from business closures are historically low, and job gains from business openings are rebounding, advancing the net change between gross job gains at opening establishments and gross jobs losses at closing establishments to levels reminiscent of the pre-recessionary period," said Bill Anderson, chief economist for Nevada's Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. "Times are changing, according to the most recent data, which shows solid job growth has begun contributing to our economic prosperity,"

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