Jobless rate highest in Nevada since ’94 |

Jobless rate highest in Nevada since ’94

BRENDAN RILEY, Associated Press Writer

CARSON CITY — Nevada’s jobless rate is up again, from 6.3 percent in October to 6.5 percent in November, following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The latest figure is higher than November rates of 5.7 percent nationally and 6 percent in neighboring California — and the highest in Nevada since early 1994, Even so, Gov. Kenny Guinn said he sees “some encouragement.”

Myla Florence, head of the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation which released the data, said the rate “reflects an easing of uncertainty” that followed the attacks.

Florence also said Nevada businesses “are beginning to regain their balance and are starting to look toward long-term recovery.”

The total number of jobs in all Nevada industries was nearly 1.1 million in November. There were 64,600 people out of work during the month.

The statewide jobless rate matched the 6.5 percent rate in the Las Vegas area, where thousands of workers were laid off after Sept. 11. The area accounted for nearly 786,000 jobs and 54,000 of the state’s jobless.

The Reno area had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.2 percent. The employment total in all industries was about 200,000, and 7,800 people were out of work.

Outside the main population centers of Las Vegas and Reno, the area encompassing Carson City and Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties had a 5.9 percent jobless rate. Total employment was 55,490 and the jobless count was 3,470.

In Elko and Eureka counties, the jobless rate was 4.9 percent. Total employment was 18,880 and the jobless total was 970.

The DETR report didn’t have figures for other outlying counties.

On a statewide basis, casino hiring was down 1,300 between October and November. But government hiring was up 900, and trade was up 1,900.

Mining was down 100, construction was down 600, manufacturing was down 200, transportation-utilities held steady, and finance-insurance-real estate was up 100.

The DETR report on jobless rates follows another report that new claims for unemployment benefits are starting to drop in Nevada as the economy begins to recover.

The state Employment Security Division reported Monday that 5,290 people applied last week for jobless benefits, 3 percent fewer than the previous week and 10.5 percent fewer than the first week of December.

Those drawing unemployment in Nevada as of last Friday totaled 42,021, 85 percent more than a year ago.

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