Unemployment Rate Drops; Many Still Jobless - 8 News NOW

Unemployment Rate Drops; Many Still Jobless

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LAS VEGAS -- Unemployment in Las Vegas was down for the first time in five years in October. The local economy has added 1,600 jobs since the record-setting unemployment rate of 15 percent in September.

While the numbers indicate a positive sign, they do not reflect the part-time workers or those who are no longer seeking employment.

"You still have an unusual amount of people who have just simply given up. They can't do it. They just can't get up every day anymore and go out there and hear the word no," said Mae Worthey,

Federal numbers show that when all the unemployed are counted, the unemployment rate stands closer to 22 percent.

"I'm working through temp services, I do yard work. I do whatever I have to bring the money home to feed my kids. I have three kids," said Michael Smith, unemployed nurse. He has not been able to locate full-time work.

Nearly 700 people applied for 100 positions available at a new restaurant inside the Venetian Hotel & Resort. Applicant Corrine Kamm said she has had no luck getting a job. "Usually, I just get an email saying, you're not qualified for this job, or keep applying."

From former nurses to retired marines, many unemployed told 8 News NOW they've grown tired of hearing they were overqualified for certain jobs. On the other end of the spectrum, some employers say applicants need basic skills.

Two hiring managers said the majority of cashier applicants flunked simple math questions including "What's 17 percent of $100?"

The engines of job creation right now are retail and health care. Those fields each added several hundred jobs in Las Vegas in the past month. The construction industry still hasn't improved. They lost 200 jobs last month.

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