South Lake Tahoe unemployment declines
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Unemployment in South Lake Tahoe dropped slightly in April according to the statistics released Friday by the California Employment Development Department.
April unemployment in the city was 16.7 percent, down from 17.7 percent in March. The drop was the first since December, when the city’s unemployment rate declined slightly from 17.4 to 17.2 percent.
The city’s unemployment rate averaged 17 percent throughout 2010, according to the Employment Development Department.
The numbers for April released Friday show California’s jobless rate at 11.9 percent. That’s the fourth month in a row the jobless rate has declined for the nation’s most populous state.
Nevada’s unemployment rate also decreased in April for the fourth consecutive month – to 12.5 percent. The unemployment rate peaked at a record 14.9 percent statewide in December.
A state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation report said Friday that the Silver State might be slowly starting to pull out of the economic recession.
But state economist Bill Anderson says the improvement is mostly on the surface. He’s also attributing the improvement to the loss of 44,000 people from the state work force over the past 12 months.
Unemployment in the Las Vegas area was 12.1 percent in April. That’s down a full 3 percentage points from 15.1 percent in April 2010.
The April jobless rate was 11.7 percent in the Reno and Carson City areas, and 6.9 percent in Elko.