Nevada Jobless Rate Holds Steady

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Nevada's jobless rate was lower than the national rate during September, but Gov. Kenny Guinn said Monday there's still a lag in casino-industry jobs - the state's biggest employer.

Statistics released by the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation show the Nevada rate held steady at 5.2 percent between August and September. The national rate in the same period was 6.1 percent.

The agency also said the number of out-of-work Nevadans increased by about 100 to 56,000 from month to month. The number of people working in September totaled nearly 1.1 million.

Guinn said Nevada's economy "continues to exhibit significant growth," but the gambling industry still hasn't recovered the jobs lost after the terrorist attacks two years ago. He added mining employment has stabilized but several thousand mining jobs have been lost over the past several years.

In Las Vegas, the unadjusted jobless rate remained the same at 5.3 percent. Of the statewide total of jobless people, about 46,400 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 remained at 3.9 percent from month to month. The jobless total there was 7,600.

In the Carson City and Douglas-Lyon-Storey counties area, the unadjusted rate for September was 5.4 percent, up from 5.3 percent in August, with 3,320 jobless.

The Elko-Eureka counties area had a 4.3 percent rate, down from 4.5 percent in August, with 920 jobless.

Statewide, the casino-related leisure and hospitality industry reported no new employees between August and September. The same held true for transportation-utilities.

Government added 5,700 employees as schools reopened; construction added 600 workers, retail trade jobs were up 800, manufacturing added 300, and finance-insurance-real estate added 200 between August and September.

Over the year, total employment in all industries increased by about 27,200 jobs. The total includes people who hold more than one job.