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Nevada Jobless Rate Falls To 9.5 Percent In May

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s unemployment rate has dropped to 9.5 percent in May, the lowest it’s been since 2008.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation says Friday that the rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from April.

State economist Bill Anderson says cautious optimism in Nevada’s economy is attracting more people to the work force. He says the labor force grew by 1,100 in May.

Las Vegas’ jobless rate fell from 9.6 percent to 9.3 percent in May, while the rate in the Reno/Sparks area fell from 9.7 percent to 9.2 percent.

Carson City’s unemployment dropped from 10.1 percent to 9.5 percent. Those regional figures aren’t seasonally adjusted.

Gov. Sandoval cautions that hiring activity remains cautious, and says there’s more work to be done to create jobs.

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