Nevada Jobless Rate Rises To 12 Percent In July

State officials say Nevada's jobless rate inched up to 12 percent in July, although they point out that it's down from the same time last year.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate announced Friday is up 0.4 percentage points from June, but down from last July's 13.8 percent figure.

In Las Vegas, unemployment was at 12.9 percent in July, while Reno's rate was 12 percent and Carson City's was 12.2 percent. Those numbers aren't directly comparable to the statewide rate because they're not seasonally adjusted.

Nevada added 2,100 jobs in July when adjusted for seasonal changes.

Gov. Brian Sandoval says he's encouraged by the modest job growth, but says the higher unemployment rate is evidence that the state needs to continue trying to attract new businesses.

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