Nevada Jobless Rate Drops Slightly

By  | 

Nevada's jobless rate dropped slightly to 5 percent during October, as a result of a strengthening national economy and job growth in the Reno and Las Vegas areas.

The job growth was due in part to an increase in temporary jobs, but state officials said Friday temporary employees often can become permanent workers.

Statistics released by the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation show the Nevada rate compared with a 5.3 percent seasonally adjusted rate a month earlier. The state's October rate compared with a national rate of 6 percent and a 6.6 percent rate in neighboring California.

The agency also said the number of out-of-work Nevadans decreased by about 3,600 to 52,700 from month to month. The number of people working in October totaled 1.1 million.

Gov. Kenny Guinn said the month-to-month job growth is part of an increase of more than 35,000 new jobs over the past year. He added the Reno and Las Vegas areas "showed solid employment growth in recent months."

In Las Vegas, the unadjusted jobless rate in October was 4.9 percent, down from 5.3 percent a month earlier. Of the statewide total of jobless people, about 43,700 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 was 3.7 percent, down from 3.9 percent in September. The jobless total there was 7,300.

In the Carson City and Douglas-Lyon-Storey counties area, the unadjusted rate for October was 5.2 percent, down from 5.4 percent, with 3,180 jobless.

The Elko-Eureka counties area had a 3.9 percent rate in October, down from 4.3 percent a month earlier, with 830 jobless.

Statewide, hiring increases were reported by most industries - except for the casino-related leisure and hospitality industry which dropped 1,400 employees between September and October.

Government added 4,600 employees; construction added 900 workers, retail trade jobs were up 1,900, manufacturing added 500, transportation-utilities added 400 employees and finance-insurance-real estate added 200 workers between September and October.