After a few months of relative stability, Nevada's unemployment rate jumped in December, hitting a record 14.5 percent.
Bill Anderson, chief economist for the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, said the number translates to 193,500 Nevadans looking for work.
That follows two months of falling rates, which gave many hope the economy was turning around.
Gov. Brian Sandoval said the increase was "extremely distressing to me," adding that the fragile nature of Nevada's economy is justification for his opposition to any tax increases.
"The sheer number of unemployed in our state is exactly why I've said we cannot burden …