CARSON CITY, Nev. (Mynews4.com & KRNV) -- The statewide unemployment rate may have been down in December to 8.8 percent, but in metro areas it actually went up. Recent numbers released by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation show unemployment rates rose in Reno from 8.2 percent to 8.4, Carson City hiked from 9.1 to 9.3 percent, and Las Vegas' jobless rate went up from 8.6 to 8.9 percent.
DETR Chief Economist Bill Anderson says the reason why metro areas saw a slight increase in December is a little technical, but the key number to look at is that from December 2012 to December 2013. The unemployment rate improved one-percent.
"The state ended 2013 on a relatively high note," Anderson says.
Non-profit organizations like Job Opportunities In Nevada (JOIN) aim to help jobless residents work on being more marketable in the workforce. Carson City's JOIN branch manager Lynda Gotelli says the job market isn't what it used to be and job seekers should improve computer skills and online training.
JOIN is hosting a series of Employment Prep Workshops at their JOIN office in Carson City from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, Session I is: Life Skills/Job Search
Wednesday, Jan. 29, Session II: The 60-Second Me
Thursday, Jan. 30, Session III: Resumes
Friday, Jan. 31, Session IV: Interviews
There will also be a job fair in Carson City on Friday, February 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. The job fair will take place at the Carson City Community Center gymnasium.