Nevada Jobless Rate 9.3%, Lowest in Five Years

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level in nearly five years.

State officials say the jobless rate dipped to 9.3 percent in September, down from 9.5 percent in August. It's the lowest level since December 2008.

Bill Anderson, chief economist for Nevada's Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, says the state lost 8,800 jobs in September. But he says the total is up 1.4 percent compared to the same month a year ago. It's up 1.9 percent for the first nine months of the year.

Las Vegas employment fell by 7,600 jobs, but is up 1.9 percent year over year. Reno-Sparks employment fell by 600 jobs, but posted a total gain of .5 percent relative to last year. Carson City added 200 jobs, its best gain since June.

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