Nevada unemployment rate climbs to 12 percent for July

Joyce Lupiani

Nevada unemployment rate climbs to 12 percent for July

CREATED Aug. 17, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The unemployment rate for the state of Nevada has risen slightly to a seasonally-adjusted 12 percent in the month of July.

However, it is still down year over year and two percentage points below the peak of 14 percent.

The 12 percent rate equates to 163,700 people out of work in the state.

The Las Vegas metro area has the highest unemployment rate amongst the state's three population areas. The unemployment rate in Las Vegas is 12.9 percent; 12.2 percent in Carson City; and 12 percent in the Reno-Sparks area.

At the county level, the state's rural regions continue to have the lowest jobless rates -- 5.7 percent in Lander County, 6.5 in Esmeralda, and 6.7 in Elko.

The highest county unemployment rates are 15.5 percent in Nye and 15.3 percent in Lyon.

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