Douglas jobless climbs to 13.8 percent
MINDEN, Nev. – Douglas County’s jobless numbers nudged back up in December.
Total employment in Douglas held rock steady at 17,930 workers, but the number of jobless went up by 60 to 2,860, increasing the county’s unemployment rate to 13.8 percent.
Douglas continued to have the third highest unemployment rate in the state, following Lyon and Nye counties. All three were heavily reliant on the building industry.
Statewide, the unemployment rate fell to a seasonally adjusted 12.6 percent in December, bringing the total number of unemployed in the state to 166,300.
“I am encouraged by the overall report of this month’s unemployment figures, with job growth slowly but surely returning to Nevada’s economy,” said Gov. Brian Sandoval. “This year, as we help businesses expand and recruit new businesses to Nevada, we will continue our focus on getting Nevada working again.”
However, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate increased slightly in each of Nevada’s sub-state areas.
The unemployment rate in the Reno-Sparks area increased three-tenths of a percentage point to 11.9 percent in December. In Carson City, the jobless rate climbed to 12.2 percent in December from 11.9 percent in November.
“Indeed, there are fewer unemployed workers,” said Bill Anderson, chief economist for the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation “Unfortunately, the decline in these rates in 2011 is not entirely due to an improving economy. A declining labor force also contributed to the drop in unemployment,” Anderson said. “As unemployed workers give up their job search or move beyond Nevada’s borders, the labor force declines and unemployment falls. This was the case in 2011, especially during the first half of the year. During the year’s final months, we saw some signs of stability in the labor force numbers.”
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