(Las Vegas, NV) — Nevada’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since December 2008.
The number of people looking for work in the Silver State dropped to 9.6 percent in February, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
The rate represents a drop from 9.7 percent in January. One year ago, the rate was 11.8 percent.
In Las Vegas, unemployment fell to 9.8 percent from 10.2 percent in January. It was 12 percent in February of 2012.
Despite those positive numbers, Nevada lost jobs for the first time in six months. The state lost approximately 4,700 private sector jobs and 800 government jobs. The number of jobs for the year, however, is still up by approximately 23,800.