Labor force growth maintains steady jobless rate
While the number of employed workers grew in Douglas County in May, so did the county’s labor force.
The county’s unemployment rate remained steady at 4.7 percent, the same portion as in April. However, the number of jobless increased by 14 to 1,055.
The number of employed grew to 21,200, up from 20,924 the month before. The county’s overall labor force was 22,255 people, according to figures released Tuesday by the Nevada Department of Taxation, Employment and Rehabilitation.
Douglas was tied with Carson City for the sixth-highest unemployment rate among Nevada’s 17 counties.
During the worst of the Great Recession, Douglas unemployment grew to 15 percent and was third highest in the state.
Nye County had the highest unemployment rate in the state with 6 percent. Lyon County, which long led the state with the highest unemployment rate, was second highest with 5.4 percent.
Unemployment rates do not include those whose benefits have run out or who’ve stopped looking for work.