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Nevada Jobless Rate Continues To Drop

Nevada's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since July 2008.  The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Friday that the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 7.3 percent in September. The state's job count is up 38,000 compared with last September, even though it's down by 1,800 jobs compared with this August.

State economist Bill Anderson says construction is the fastest-growing sector in the state and is up nearly 13 percent over last year. Mining and government are the only sectors that lost jobs year-over-year. Regional jobless rates, which aren't seasonally adjusted, also fell. Las Vegas' unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in September, while Reno's rate was 6.4 percent and Carson City's rate was 7.1 percent.
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