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September unemployment rate drops in Nevada

September unemployment rate drops in Nevada

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Oct 19, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The rate for unemployment in Nevada fell to 11.8 percent in September, a decline from 12.1 percent in August and a significant improvement from 13.6 last year at the same time.

The number of Nevadans out of work fell by 4,300 in September. Part of that is due to people falling out of the workforce as well as people obtaining employment.

There are now approximately 161,000 individuals still unemployed in Nevada.

Amongst the state's three largest population centers, the Las Vegas area still has the highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent (not seasonally adjusted). This is down from 12. 3 percent in August and 14 percent one year ago.

The rate fell to 10.8 percent in the Reno/Sparks area and 10.9 percent in Carson City.

Typically during the month, about 7.500 jobs (not adjusted) are added in the state, mostly because of the start of a new academic year. This year, 14.600 jobs were added, resulting in a seasonally adjusted gain of 7,100.

In addition, private sector jobs were up by more than 12,000 compared to same period of last year.

The holiday season is expected to add more jobs.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.