Nevada Jobless Rate Falls to 8 Percent in April

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's unemployment rate fell to 8 percent in April, dropping one-half of a percentage point from the previous month and marking the biggest decline in three decades.

A report released Friday by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation says Nevada employers added 3,000 jobs in April, the ninth consecutive month of job gains and 39th consecutive monthly increase on a year-over-year basis.

Chief Economist Bill Anderson says year to date Nevada has 44,000 more jobs than a year ago. He adds that the improving job market along with other economic indicators such as rebounding home prices points to an improving economy.

The statewide rate was down from 8.5 percent in March. Anderson says Nevada hasn't seen that big of a percentage drop since 1983.