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February employment picture brighter

Staff Reports

Douglas County saw an increase in the number of workers and a decrease in the jobless rate during the month of February, according numbers released Friday by the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

In all 18,610 people were employed in the county up 210 from January, while unemployment dropped 130 people to 2,340 making the jobless rate 11.2 percent in the county, down from 11.8 percent in January.

January saw a nearly 1 percent increase in unemployment after a three-month decrease. In December, joblessness dropped to 10.9 percent, which was its lowest rate since 2009.

Statewide, the unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 9.6 percent in February, down from 11.8 percent last February. This equates to 131,900 people out of work, a decrease of 600 from the previous month and 31,200 from February 2012. This is the lowest it has been since December 2008.

Unemployment rates are lower in February than a year earlier in each of Nevada’s metropolitan areas as well. Both Reno-Sparks (10.1 percent) and Las Vegas (9.8 percent) saw year-over-year decreases greater than two percentage points. Carson City (10.7 percent) experienced a 1.9 point decrease.

“I am pleased with the improving overall direction of the state’s economy,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said. “Unemployment is trending down, jobs are moving in a positive direction and for the first time in more than a decade, women account for almost 46 percent of the total labor force. Many Nevadans, however, are still feeling the pain of our protracted recession and with 132,000 citizens among the unemployed, much work remains to be done.”

Nevertheless, the Las Vegas MSA has added 16,200 jobs compared to February 2012, with the largest gains coming from leisure and hospitality, which increased by 4,700. Only the Reno-Sparks area saw an increase in employment on a month-over-month basis, with a marginal increase of 100 seasonally adjusted jobs. Reno-Sparks added 2,000 jobs on a year-over-year basis, with leisure and hospitality accounting for 1,200 of those jobs. Carson City’s employment levels did not change relative to January. Carson City was the only sub state area to lose employment year-over-year, recording a loss of 300.