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Metro Areas see improvement in April’s unemployment numbers

Special to NNBW

All three metro areas experienced positive results in the labor market for April. In Las Vegas, the jobless rate remained at 4.8 percent and is down 1.2 percentage points from April 2016. The unemployment rate in Reno/Sparks, stands at 3.9 percent in April, and is below 4 percent for the first time since 2006. This is a decline of 0.3 percentage point from March and 1.4 percentage points from the same time last year. Carson City saw the largest over- the-year decline of 1.5 percentage points, with unemployment at 5 percent in April.

"All three metro areas followed the statewide trend with each unemployment rate experiencing a decline" said Bill Anderson, chief economist for Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. "Additionally, all 17 counties are faring well with declining unemployment rates. Overall, the Silver State continues to show steady improvement in the labor market, with job growth on the rise."

Key Points

Job growth over the year:

  • Statewide: 3.6 percent/46,200
  • Las Vegas: 3.4 percent/32,100
  • Reno: 3.1 percent/6,700
  • Carson City: 1.7 percent/500