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County jobless number drops while labor force expands

Staff Reports

Gardnerville, Nev. — Douglas County’s labor force continues to grow while its unemployment rate drops.

The county’s jobless rate was down to 7.5 percent in February, according to figures released Friday by the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

While not the lowest jobless rate since the recovery, February did feature the highest total employment with 20,550 workers. There were 1,680 jobless workers during the month. That number does not include workers whose benefits have run out or who’ve stopped looking for employment.

The county’s unemployment ticked up a full percentage point in January, but has been coming back down to the levels seen last fall.

Department Chief Economist Bill Anderson said that the state has added 36,900 jobs since February 2014.

February’s numbers saw an increase in the private sector, which was offset by a decline in public sector jobs, Anderson said.