Nevada adds jobs, unemployment rate flat
Nevada businesses added more jobs in April than in any month over the past 10 years.
Economist Bill Anderson of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said the state saw an increase of 12,800 jobs over the month.
The unemployment rate remained at 7.1 percent in April,
He said that’s the same as the rate in the Las Vegas reporting area.
But Carson City remains higher at 7.7 percent while Reno/Sparks is lower at 6.7 percent for the month. In Carson, that’s down a tenth form March and equates to 1,900 jobless in a labor force of 24,900.
In the capital, government is the largest employer and state hiring accounted for some 200 added jobs during the month.
For Reno/Sparks, the 6.7 percent jobless rates means there are 15,400 looking for work out of 228,300 in the workforce.
Churchill County has a labor force of 10,510 with just 808 looking for work for a jobless rate of 7.7 percent, matching the capital.
Douglas did a bit better at 7.5 percent unemployment with 1,645 looking for a job in a pool of 22,080.
But Lyon County, which had been trending down for the past few months, saw its rate bump up from 10 to 10.2 percent in April. That translates to 2,283 jobless in a pool of 22,492.
Overall the jobless rate statewide is about a percent lower than last April. At the same time, the number of people in the labor force has increased by some 25,000 to 1.4 million.
Overall, there are just more than 100,000 people looking for work in Nevada.