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State Unemployment Down .5% From March To April

Biggest Monthly Drop In More Than 30 Years
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( Carson City, NV ) – It’s the biggest monthly drop in the Nevada unemployment in more than 30 years.

Numbers released early Friday by the state’s Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation show the April jobless number at an even 8%, down half a point from March.

The unemployment rate for Las Vegas was put at 7.4% in April, down 2.5% from the same month a year ago.

For the 9th month in a row the state added more jobs, with 3,000 additional positions on Nevada payrolls.

DETR reports that on a year-to-date basis, there are 44,000 more jobs in the state so far in 2014 than there were in the first 4 months of 2013.

Another statistic: about 55 percent of the jobs that were lost during the downturn have been recovered.

Governor Brian Sandoval is quoted as saying, “Our state continues to make positive economic progress, and, most importantly, more Nevadans are working again,” adding: “We are experiencing broad-based growth across nearly all industries.”

He says even though the number of people without jobs dropped from 117,300 in March to 110,000 in April, his focus will stay on growing jobs here until -quote- “every Nevadan that wants a job has one.”

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