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Douglas jobless rate up slightly

Douglas County’s jobless rate posted the first increase of 2013, according to figures released on July 18.

The fifth of a point increase to 10.4 percent reflected an increase in the labor pool as much as the number of unemployed.

According to the Nevada Labor Force Report, the total labor force increased to 21,700, up 290 from May. The total number of the employed also increased by 220, leaving 70 additional jobless workers, compared to last month.

The 19,440 employed residents is the highest number so far this year.

Douglas has the sixth highest unemployment rate in the state, according to the Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

The statewide unemployment rate nudged slightly to a seasonally adjusted 9.6 percent, but remains well below last June’s 11.4 percent jobless rate. Nevertheless, Nevada job growth in June came in higher than anticipated, with the end result being a seasonally adjusted gain of 3,700 over the month, said Chief Economist Bill Anderson.

“All in all, the June reports suggests that the jobs picture in Nevada remains on the mend,” Anderson said. “Recent improvement has been steady and consistent. That’s not to say that the overall situation is problem-free. With 132,400 unemployed Nevadans, considerable room remains for improvement.”