Nevada unemployment drops again in January

3/9/2016
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL - By JENNIFER ROBISON

Nevada’s job market started the year on steady footing.

The state’s unemployment rate slid to 6.2 percent in January, down from 6.3 percent in December and 7.1 percent in January 2015, the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Wednesday.

Job growth spurred the gains, with the number of positions up 34,000 year over year, said Bill Anderson, the employment department’s chief economist.

The statewide employment base of 1.34 million is just 22,000 jobs, or 1.7 percent, below the pre-recession peak reached in May 2007.

Construction led in growth rate, posting 6,800 new jobs year over year for a 10.2 percent employment spike. Retail added 5,000 jobs, or 3.5 percent. Professional and business services grew by 9,200 positions, or 5.7 percent. Education and health services created 5,400 jobs, for 4.5 percent growth.

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