In September, Nevada’s unemployment rate held steady from August, at a seasonally adjusted 4.9 percent, down half a percentage point from the same time last year. According to the State’s Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation, the number of unemployed in Nevada has decreased by 13,500 versus the same period last year, while the labor force has expanded by 17,200. September saw the lowest number of initial claims for unemployment insurance in the state since 1998.
New updates to the stats by race and ethnicity show the African American unemployment rate is more than double the average at 10.5 percent, with the Hispanic rate at 5.1 percent and Whites at 4.7 percent. Veteran unemployment is down to 3.9 percent; disabled Nevadans have an unemployment rate of 12 percent.
Nevada added a seasonally adjusted 200 jobs in September, with all of those gains occurring in the public sector. The private sector saw an expected unadjusted loss of 1700 positions, while public employment grew by 7800.