The state's jobless rate slipped to 4.4 percent during December, as the number of out-of-work Nevadans dropped by about 1,800 to 47,300 and total jobs in all industries topped 1.1 million.
The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December, down slightly from 4.5 percent in November, compared with a 5.7 percent national rate and a 6.4 percent rate in neighboring California.
Gov. Kenny Guinn said Monday that Nevada's low rate was due to a "solid economic recovery." He said the state led the nation in job growth, with more than 40,000 new jobs over the entire year.
Month-to-month job gains were slight in most hiring areas, however, and a few employment sectors showed declines, statistics from the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation showed.
The casino-related leisure and hospitality industry had a November-to-December drop of about 600 employees; construction was down 1,400; and professional-business service hiring was down 1,400.
The only big month-to-month gain was in trade-transportation-utilities, up 2,300 thanks to Christmas season hiring in stores. Financial activities hiring was up 400; education and health services employment was up 300; and government and manufacturing were each up 200 from month to month. Mining-natural resources and telecommunications hiring held steady
In Las Vegas, the unadjusted jobless rate in December was 4.4 percent, down from 4.6 percent a month earlier. Of the statewide total of jobless people, about 38,000 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 3.8 percent, up from 3.7 percent in November. The jobless total there was 7,400.
In the Carson City and Douglas-Lyon-Storey counties area, the unadjusted rate held steady at 5.2 percent from month to month, with 3,110 jobless.
The Elko-Eureka counties area had a 4.5 percent rate in December, up from 4.4 percent a month earlier, with 910 jobless.
The state also released ending-quarter jobless statistics for rural counties. A sampling shows Douglas at 4.8 percent; Humboldt at 4.5 percent; White Pine and Storey at 3 percent; Lyon County at 5.9 percent; and Nye at 5.3 percent.