(Las Vegas, NV) — Nevada’s unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a point in January to seasonally adjusted 9.7 percent. According to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reports this equates to 132,600 people currently looking for work in the state.
The Silver State added 6600 jobs in January, marking the eighteenth month in a row unemployment has declined.
After 3 years of leading the country in unemployment, Nevada relinquishes that title to Rhode Island.
Governor Brian Sandoval is pleased with the improvement, saying “some of the industries which were hardest-hit by the recession, like construction and manufacturing, appear to have stabilized and are on the path to improvement.”
The Las Vegas area also had a good month, with January unemployment dropping more than 2 points to 10.2 percent.