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Nevada unemployment rate drops to 9.3 percent

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Christopher DeVargas

Las Vegas resident Donna McQuinn searches through a list of job openings at Nevada Job Connect on South Maryland Parkway on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.

Nevada’s unemployment rate inched down in October to 9.3 percent but remained higher than the national rate of 7.3 percent.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said the unemployment rate for September was revised upward to 9.4 percent from the department’s initial report last week of 9.3 percent.

The agency reported today that the number of jobless in Nevada fell to 127,200, or 500 fewer than the previous month.

The department said Nevada added 7,400 jobs in October compared to the loss of 8,800 in September.

Unemployment in the Las Vegas area remained at 9.4 percent, the same as in September. There were an estimated 92,500 people jobless, 100 less than in the previous month.

But Las Vegas saw an increase of 4,800 jobs during the month, bringing total employment 894,000.

Anderson said the number of people working in the Las Vegas area has grown by 17,500 since October 2012. The Las Vegas labor market “is recovering quicker than the smaller metropolitan areas and the rural counties,” he said.

Construction employment in Las Vegas grew to 38,200, or 500 more jobs than in September. Manufacturing declined by 200 to 20,200.

Casinos and hotels reported a decline in jobs from 158,500 in September to 157,900 in October.

The number of workers in trade, transportation and utility jobs in Clark County grew from 158,000 in September to 161,600 in October.

Unemployment in Washoe and Storey counties remained at 8.8 percent in October, but the jobless rate in Carson City increased to 9.6 percent in October from 9.4 percent in September.

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