Nevada February Jobless Rate Drops to 12.3 Percent

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada's unemployment fell to 12.3 percent in
February, down from 12.7 percent the month earlier, although much of that came because workers dropped out of the job force.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation says Friday that rates are down in each of Nevada's major
metropolitan areas.

Las Vegas' jobless rate dropped to 12.2 percent last month, compared with 13 percent in January. Reno's rate also declined to
12.2 percent from 13 percent. Carson City unemployment was 12.7
percent, down from 13.5 percent in January.

State officials say about 6,500 unemployed workers gave up looking for work in February and dropped out of the labor force.

Employment dropped in all Nevada's private and government sectors except for mining, logging and hospitality.

National unemployment stands at 8.3 percent.

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