Douglas unemployment rises with the new year |

Douglas unemployment rises with the new year

MINDEN, Nev. – The new year brought a spike in unemployment in Douglas County, according to data released Monday by Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

The unemployment rate in the county jumped from 13.8 percent in December to 14.5 percent in January, with a total labor force of 21,900.

Total employment actually increased from 17,930 workers to 18,720, but total unemployment jumped from 2,860 to 3,180.

Douglas continued to have the third highest unemployment rate in the state, following Lyon and Nye counties. All three counties were heavily reliant on the building industry.

Statewide, the jobless rate fell from a revised 13 percent in December to 12.7 percent in January, down from 13.8 percent a year ago and a peak of 14 percent in October 2010.

The number of unemployed Nevadans remained relatively flat at 174,700, but is down 16,300 from the same month last year.

“Employers added a seasonally adjusted 1,800 payroll jobs. It marks the 12th time in the past 13 months that employment has grown on a year-over-year basis,” said Bill Anderson, chief economist for DETR. “Nevada’s labor markets continued on a path of moderate improvement in January, but Nevada’s unemployment rate is 4.4 percentage points higher than the nation’s 8.3 percent.”

Changes in the unemployment rates in the state’s urban areas were mixed in January. In Las Vegas, the unemployment rate declined from 13.3 percent in December to 13.1. Over-the-year, the rate is down by 1.3 percentage points.

In the state’s northern metro areas, the unemployment rate increased by six-tenths to 13 percent in the Reno-Sparks area and by seven-tenths to 13.5 percent in Carson City. Reno’s unemployment rate is down by 1.2 percentage points from the previous year and Carson City’s is down by one percentage point.

The unemployment rate in the Elko area increased from 6.4 percent to 7.3 in January and is down three-tenths from the previous year.

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