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Unemployment rate ticks up slightly in Nevada metro areas; statewide rate is below 7 percent


LAS VEGAS — Unemployment rates for Nevada's main metropolitan areas are up slightly, even though the overall state rate fell to a seven-year low.

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Tuesday that Las Vegas' jobless rate in June was 7 percent. That's up four-tenths of a percentage point from May and is slightly higher than the statewide rate of 6.9 percent.

The Reno-Sparks unemployment rate rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.4 percent, while Carson City's June jobless rate rose to 7.3 percent.

The rates for all three areas were down year-over-year.

State economist Bill Anderson said month-to-month volatility in the unemployment rate is normal, and the best indicator of the state's unemployment situation is the falling rate year-over-year.

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