Douglas jobless rate dips slightly |

Douglas jobless rate dips slightly

Kurt Hildebrand / Tribune News ServiceDouglas County's quarterly jobless rates have tripled since the end of 2007.

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. – Douglas County jobless numbers eased slightly in March, with the jobless rate dropping to 14.8 percent.

That number still exceeded Carson City’s 13.3 percent, but continues to trail Lyon County’s 18.9 percent unemployment, which is still the highest in the state.

Douglas has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the state, having been passed by Mineral County this month. Nye County has the second highest jobless rate in the state.

Douglas County’s workforce continues to shrink, losing 180 people since the beginning of the year. The county’s total labor force is 22,610, down from 22,790 in January. In January 2009, there were 23,540 workers in the county’s total labor force.

Statewide, the unemployment rate hit a new record high at 13.4 percent in March, still above the national rate of 9.7 percent, announced Bill Anderson, chief economist for the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

Industries suffering the largest over-the-month contractions include construction and professional and business services.

The construction industry shed 4,000 jobs, and professional and business services trimmed 3,700 jobs. Loses were offset by modest gains of 1,800 jobs in the leisure and hospitality industry and a gain of 1,100 in trade, transportation and utilities.

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