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Clark County jobless rate hits 14 percent

Updated Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 | 9 a.m.

CARSON CITY – The jobless rate in Clark County has climbed for the fourth consecutive month, hitting 14 percent in July, the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today.

“It’s clear that unemployment figures are moving in the wrong direction and that is especially troubling for the thousands of Nevadans seeking employment,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said.

Statewide unemployment rose from 12.4 percent in June to 12.9 percent in July with 169,400 out of work.

Bill Anderson, chief economist for the department, said “Many barometers utilized to judge the health of Nevada’s economy such as taxable sales, visitor volume and gaming win are pointing upward.

“Unfortunately, this good news has not translated into improvement in the health of the state’s labor market as a whole,” Anderson said.

The 14 percent jobless rate in the Las Vegas area compares to 13.8 percent in June, but it’s down from 15.7 percent in July 2010. There were an estimated 133,300 jobless in July.

Despite the increase in the jobless rate in Southern Nevada, the number of employed rose to 816,100, compared to 811,700 in June.

For the fourth straight month, construction employment increased, to 39,900, which is 500 more than June. Employment in trade, transportation and utilities increased by 600 workers to 142,300.

The number working in hotels and casinos dropped to 161,100, or 200 less than in June in Clark County. Employment in manufacturing fell by 100 workers to 18,400.

The jobless rate held steady in Washoe County at 13 percent but rose one-tenth of a percent in Carson City to 12.6 percent. The nation’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent.

Anderson said there was improvement in the tourist-gaming economy.

“Through the first seven months of this year, leisure and hospitality payrolls have grown by 6,800 relative to a year ago,” he said.

He said the decline in the jobless rate from 14.9 percent statewide in December 2010 to 12.1 percent in May was encouraging. But he added that the drop was the result of a declining labor force coupled with a flat employment trend.

“In both June and July, the drop in the labor force has shown signs of leveling off, helping to push the unemployment rate up,” Anderson said.

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  1. What is your plan Gov. Sandoval? You are the leader of this state; why are we falling and other states are improving?

  2. Clark County is overpopulated by 300,000. Historically, our prosperity has depended upon 20 annual visitors per permanent resident. So, one can either acknowledge that we have too many residents for our primary industry to support and make decisions based upon that fact, or pretend that government can create 300,000 jobs overnight and wait for it to happen.

  3. Is this rate seasonally adjusted or raw?

  4. Something to remember is a big part of our unemployed is construction workers. About 80,000 of them.

    In years past construction work was like farm workers, they went where the work was. The problem we have now is the work has moved on but the workers are still here. If you take that 80,000 out of the equation how would our unemployment numbers look then?

    There will be no major projects for years to come. The new one on the strip will take care of 3000 construction workers.

    What are the rest going to do? Sit here until the benefits run out or go find work in other states?

  5. mred, the population of Austraila is 21,800,000. The population of Switzerland is 7,700,000.

    The USA has more illegal immigrants than these countries have citizens.

    Now you do the math.

  6. More bad news. These numbers will be going up next month with all the people that the RJ let go this week.

    Some of them had worked there 15, 20, 30+ years and are now on the street.

    Really is to bad to see long term employees get the ax. Have a feeling the RJ is on thin ice when you let your well known staff go.

  7. Loudmouth and the Cowboy at RJ had it in for the educational system they called a 'failure'. Next, they train us about how to run most large institutions of business and government. Lots of great ideas there were for prosperity, including Righthaven, but they were not able to help the RJ employees.

    Millions in booty came through Righthaven to the lawyers, owners and top executives but NONE for the RJ employees. Next, get Camodei elected to legislate more tax shelters and loopholes for the multimillionaires...so they can afford to pay cash for the foreclosed house of the former RJ employees. Lots of luck in Paradise.

  8. How can this be?? We are home to the most powerful man in the US Senate. Harry the Hater Reid and he, like his boss, is lazer focused on job creation... He says so every-time he gets up to make a speech about bipartisan legislation and bashing his opponents..

  9. http://www.infowars.com/bush-denies-real...

    Keep praying to your jesus republicans...

  10. The Obama Economic Plan of subisidizing local governments, increasing regulation, and open borders doesn't sem to be working. Next up on his agenda is Failed Stimulus II, more federal bailouts for local and state governments, and funding for public works. Public work projects do not stimulate the economy in a meaningful way, once the moey is spent the effect is over (unlike, say, allowing for oil drilling, which creates long term jobs that do not need to be funded by government).

  11. Why try to blame anyone . It is completely unproductive and will never fix anything . If you want to fix something you need solutions .