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July 22, 2014

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Nevada unemployment drops to lowest level since December 2008

CARSON CITY — Nevada’s unemployment rate dipped to 9.3 percent in September, its lowest since December 2008.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today there were 127,000 jobless in the state, a decline of 3,000 from August. The rate in August was 9.5 percent.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said he was glad to see the improvement. “We have made great strides in our economic development efforts, but recognize the need to continue the momentum,” he said.

Because of the federal government shutdown, the rate was released several weeks later than usual. The state uses federal figures to compute its rates. There were no rates listed for individual counties.

The report shows 1,236,400 people were employed in Nevada, down 200 from the previous month.

Department Economist Bill Anderson said the number of jobs grew by 1.4 percent in September from August and increased 1.9 percent for the first nine months of the year. But the state lost 8,800 jobs in September.

Separate surveys are used to calculate job losses and the unemployment rate and explains how the state could register a drop in the unemployment rate in September while having lost jobs, Anderson said.

The unemployment rate for October will be released on Friday.

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