Nevada jobless rate remains 8.5 percent in March

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Updated: 4/18 11:04 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's jobless rate held steady in March at 8.5 percent, the same as the month before.

But the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation on Friday reported that the March unemployment rate is down from 10.2 percent for the same month in 2013.

Chief Economist Bill Anderson says Nevada has added 16,000 jobs since December. The leisure and hospitality sector, a key indicator on the health of the state's vital tourism industry, has added 10,000 jobs over the past year.

The report says 117,000 Nevadans remained out of work last month.

Nevada still has one of the highest jobless rates in the nation. The national rate for March was 6.7 percent.

Friday's report did not include localized rates for regions in the state. Those will be released next week.

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