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Nevada Jobless Rate Drops to Lowest Point Since 2009

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LAS VEGAS -- The latest unemployment numbers show Nevada at 11.5 percent unemployment. That number is at its lowest level in more than three years. Retail and the service industry saw the most job growth last month.

Closed for three years, Body English, the nightclub inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is weeks away from re-opening.

"People really loved it as a nightclub and we decided to bring it back online as a full-time nightclub," said Mike Goodwin, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Goodwin said he is looking hire bartenders, bar backs, security and hosts.

"The places or industries where we are getting these new jobs, the largest job growth that we are seeing, is in leisure and hospitality," Goodwin said.

Bill Anderson, the chief economist with the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, said the unemployment number is a positive sign.

"Compared to where we've been. We are probably looking at roughly a two percent year-over-year job growth rate as we go into 2113 and 14, maybe into 15. Prior to the recession we were growing at about 6 percent," Anderson said.

It's not just the service industry that has seen a boost in jobs, more retail positions are opening up.

"I think we are seeing a lot excitement and a consumer who is a lot more educated," said Yelena Hami who has been in the retail business for 18 years. She said shoppers are spending more which leads to more jobs.

Construction, once a driving force in Nevada's economy, is an area that's still lagging when it comes to job growth.

Body English's casting call is Nov. 29 - 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Vanity nightclub.

 

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