NV unemployment dips

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NV unemployment dips

Nevada's unemployment rate for September fell only slightly from 9.5 to 9.3 percent, but it's still the lowest jobless rate since December 2008.

Even though the state lost 8,800 jobs in September, the number of jobs is up 1.4 percent year-over-year.

Elliott Parker, a professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Reno, says September's jobless rate continues a three-year trend of slow decline for unemployment in Nevada, but he expects next month's rate to temporarily break that pattern.

"I would actually expect next month to be worse because next month we'll be picking up what we saw in the government shutdown and that affected some people in Nevada as well. So, you'll find that since those folks weren't working for awhile when the surveys were being done that they'll show up as somewhat higher unemployment."

For September, Reno-Sparks employment fell by 600 jobs, but has a total gain of .5 percent compared to last year. Carson City added 200 jobs, the area's largest increase since June.