Nevada's April Jobless Rate Holds Steady

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Nevada's jobless rate held steady at 5.5 percent between March and April - in what Gov. Kenny Guinn described Thursday as a factor in the state's continuing struggle to meet revenue forecasts.

"Business and consumers remain cautious, so travel, hiring and spending remain below expectations," Guinn added in a statement on the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate.

The jobless report from the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation shows the number of out-of-work Nevadans decreased by about 200 to 60,700. The number of people working increased by about 3,400, to nearly 1.1 million, between March and April.

DETR chief Myla Florence said the jobless rate compares with a national rate of 6 percent and a 6.7 percent rate in neighboring California.

In Las Vegas, the unadjusted jobless rate in April was 5.4 percent, down from 5.5 percent in March. Of the statewide total of jobless people, about 47,600 were in the Las Vegas area and other towns and cities in Clark County. Also included in the area are Nye County, Nev., and Mohave County, Ariz.

In the Reno area, the unadjusted rate dropped from 4.9 percent to 4.7 percent from month to month. The jobless total there was 9,200.

In the Carson City and Douglas-Lyon-Storey counties area, the unadjusted rate for April was 6.6 percent, the same as in March, with 4,100 jobless.

The Elko-Eureka counties area had a 6.4 percent rate, down from 6.7 percent in March, with 1,280 jobless.

Statewide, between March and April, the casino-related leisure and hospitality industry added 1,500 employees, construction added 1,400 workers, and transportation-utilities added 200 workers.

Government hiring decreased 400, retail trade added 600 workers, manufacturing added 100, mining dropped 100; and finance-insurance-real estate decreased 100 between March and April.

Over the year, total employment in all industries increased by about 13,800 jobs. The total includes people who hold more than one job.

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