Douglas unemployment down .3 percent for November
MINDEN, Nev. – While Douglas County’s unemployment remains the third highest in the state, the rate dropped nearly a third of a percent for the month of November, according to figures released today by the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
The county’s unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 percent, equalling its lowest rate for the year. The number of jobless decreased by 50 workers to 2,790. Those 50 workers showed up in the county’s total employment for the month, which hit 18,140. The total labor force was 20,930 workers, down from 22,330 workers in November 2010, when the unemployment rate was 14.8 percent. The total number of employed workers a year ago in Douglas County was 19,020.
Statewide, Nevada’s unemployment rate fell in November for the first time since May, to a seasonally-adjusted 13 percent. The rate is down nearly two percentage points from the same time last year, pushing the estimate of jobless Nevadans down to 171,800 from 198,200.
“This month’s unemployment number, while still unacceptably high, shows that we are starting to see steady increases in hiring,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said. “In addition to a trend of adding jobs on a consistent basis, we are beginning to see increased signs of growth. While the recovery remains fragile, it appears economic growth will come at a modest and steady pace.”
“Nevada’s economy continued on a path of stabilization in November, while showing modest improvement overall,” said Bill Anderson, chief economist for the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. “Employment grew for the fifth consecutive month, adding 1,300 jobs in November based on a seasonally adjusted basis. In all, employers have added 7,800 jobs since June.”
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