Nevada Unemployment Soars To Record 13.2%

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's unemployment continues to soar, to a record 13.2% in August statewide.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said Friday that the jobless rate was 13.4% in the Las Vegas area and 12.4% in the Reno-Sparks area. Those figures aren't seasonally adjusted.

Nationally, the unemployment rate stood at 9.7% in August.

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Officials say Nevada's statewide unemployment rate a year ago was 7%.

Compare that with December 2007 -- before the recession. The state jobless rate then was 5.2%.

Officials say construction has been hit particularly hard, along with leisure and hospitality services.

The only sectors to add jobs in August were education and health care.

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