Unemployment Rate for NV in August Holds Steady at 9.5%

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CARSON CITY, NV - Nevada's unemployment rate remained at 9.5 percent for the month of August. The state added 11,200 jobs, the largest monthly gain in eight years.

Las Vegas' rate of unemployment ticked down from 9.7 percent to 9.6 percent, while adding 9,600 jobs. For the northern metro areas, the Reno/Sparks rate dropped from 9.3 percent to 9.1 percent and the region added 2,200 jobs, while Carson City's rate of unemployment dropped from 9.5 percent to 9.4 percent, but shed 200 jobs. Over-the-year, the jobless rate in Nevada dropped 1.5 percentage points. Las Vegas is down by 1.8 percentage points from a year ago, Reno is down by 1.5 points, and Carson City's rate fell by 1.2 percentage points.

All of Nevada's major sectors added employment over-the-month except financial activities, which lost 100 jobs. The private sector increased by 10,000, while government employment rose by 1,200 over-the-month.