Nevada Jobless Rate Drops To 4.5 Percent

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The state's jobless rate slipped to 4.5 percent during November, as the number of out-of-work Nevadans dropped by about 4,400 to 48,700 and total jobs in all industries topped 1.1 million.

Gov. Kenny Guinn said the drop in the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, from 5 percent a month earlier, and a rapid increase in job growth over the past several months "show that the state's economy is vibrant despite minimal growth in gaming industry employment."

While there were job gains in some hiring areas, statistics released by the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation showed the casino-related leisure and hospitality industry had a month-to-month drop of about 1,800 employees.

Mining-natural resources hiring held steady, but DETR chief Myla Florence said developing mining ventures near Battle Mountain and Ely should mean more jobs and an economic boost in those areas.

The state's November jobless rate compared with a national rate of 5.9 percent and a 6.4 percent rate in neighboring California.

In Las Vegas, the unadjusted jobless rate in November was 4.5 percent, down from 5 percent a month earlier. Of the statewide total of jobless people, about 39,600 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 was 3.6 percent, down from 3.8 percent in October. The jobless total there was 7,100.

In the Carson City and Douglas-Lyon-Storey counties area, the unadjusted rate for November was 5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent, with 3,090 jobless.

The Elko-Eureka counties area had a 4.3 percent rate in November, up from 4 percent a month earlier, with 900 jobless.

Statewide, hiring increases were reported by trade-transportation-utilities, up 3,500; professional and business services, up 1,100; education-health services, up 600; financial activities, up 500; and government, up 400. Manufacturing and information job sectors were both up 200. Construction dropped 700 workers from month to month.