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Nevada's Unemployment Rate Below 7 percent

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Wednesday that Nevada's jobless rate dropped to 6.9 percent in June.

That number is down from the 7 percent recorded in May, which was the second highest unemployment rate in the country only behind West Virginia's 7.2 percent that month.

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Gov. Brian Sandoval said the June number is the first time Nevada hit below 7 percent since July 2008, before the worst of the recession seven years ago.

This is welcomed news after the Nevada unemployment rate saw a plateau earlier this year.

It held at 7.1 percent between January and April, following its first month-over-month increase in more than four years as recorded between December 2014 and January 2015.