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January 19, 2019

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Las Vegas unemployment rate continues to inch down

The unemployment rate in the Las Vegas area dropped to 6.2 percent in December, the lowest monthly rate of 2015.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Tuesday there were an estimated 64,300 people out of work in the Las Vegas area, 2,500 less than November when the rate was 6.4 percent.

The Reno-Sparks area posted a 5.5 percent jobless rate in December and Carson City’s was 6.7 percent.

The lowest unemployment rate was in White Pine County at 4.7 percent and the highest was Mineral County at 9.9 percent.

The average jobless rate for the year in the Las Vegas area was 6.9 percent.

Regional unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

The news comes a week after the agency reported that Nevada's overall jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent. That rate is seasonally adjusted.

The construction sector in the Las Vegas area employed 53,700 workers in December, down from the 54,400 in November. Trade, transportation and utilities reported 169,200 on the job, an increase of 1,100 from November.

Casinos and hotels reported 162,000 workers in December, down 1,800 jobs from November. Education and health service in the Las Vegas area grew by 800 jobs to 89,200.

State economist Bill Anderson said the growing payrolls show businesses have confidence in Nevada's economy.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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