CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A March uptick in Nevada’s unemployment rate, to 9.7 percent, marks first time in 20 months the state has logged a month-to-month increase.

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Friday that the fractional increase comes after the jobless rate dipped to 9.6 percent statewide in February.

It’s still down significantly from 11.6 percent statewide in March 2012.

Nearly 133,000 people were out of work in Nevada last month, up from about 132,000 in February.

Chief state economist Bill Anderson attributes the slight increase to lower-than-usual hiring in non-agricultural jobs from month to month.

In Las Vegas, the unadjusted rate remained at 9.8 percent.

Reno-Sparks saw a slight decrease from 10.1 percent in February to 10 percent in March, and Carson City decreased from 10.7 to 10.6 percent.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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