Douglas jobless down to 9.4 percent |

Douglas jobless down to 9.4 percent

Staff Reports

The number of jobless workers in Douglas County continued to drop in August, with a rate of 9.4 percent, down from 9.6 percent in July.

According to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, the number of unemployed was down 100 to 2,010 from July to August.

The unemployment rate would be lower, but the total workforce in the county dropped to 21,400, its lowest level since April, with total employment at 19,390.

Douglas County’s rate was slightly lower than the statewide rate.

“After all of the monthly ups and downs, we appear to be on track to add approximately 20,000 jobs in 2013, on top of the combined 30,000 created in 2011 and 2012,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said. “While recent evidence suggests that we are headed in the right direction, our stubbornly high employment rate illustrates that much room remains for improvement.”

Douglas had the same unemployment rate as Carson City, which shed 200 jobs over the month.

“Accounting for the volatile nature of the monthly estimates, perhaps it is best to look at the summer of 2013 as a whole,” Chief Economist William Anderson said. “From June through August, jobs levels have increased by 7,900. This is the best summer Nevadans have experienced since 2005, which is a little surprising in light of the sharp decline in July, in advance of August’s gain.”

All of Nevada’s major sectors added employment over the month, except financial activities, which lost 100 jobs. The private sector increased by 10,000 while government employment rose by 1,200 over the month.