Douglas labor pool sees 2 percent drop |

Douglas labor pool sees 2 percent drop

While the rest of the state saw a slight decrease in unemployment, Douglas County’s jobless percentage ticked up a fifth of a point.

There were only 20 additional jobless workers in Douglas County during October, but a 400-worker reduction in the labor pool compared to September contributed to the increase.

According to numbers released on Friday morning, Douglas County’s total labor force was 20,880, down from 21,280 in September. The number of unemployed was 2,010, up from 1,990.

Carson City experienced a 270-worker drop in the labor pool, bringing the capital’s unemployment rate up to 9.6 percent as well.

Unemployment numbers for the counties were delayed until today due to the federal shutdown.

Seasonally adjusted numbers showed unemployment was down slightly statewide. However Western Nevada continues to struggle, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. The capital’s economy has lost 700 jobs, or 2.5 percent, compared to a year ago.

While Douglas County’s jobless rate was 11.4 percent in October 2012, there were 520 more workers here than last year. Total employment in the county was 18,950 in 2012, 180 more workers than were employed during October 2013.