One reason for the rapid decline is many out-of-work people in Nevada have stopped looking for jobs. Nevada's work force fell 1.2 percent in the 12 months through January. The government counts people as unemployed only if they are actively looking for work.Still, some of those out of work have found jobs. In the past year, the number of jobs in the state has increased 2.5 percent.
Jobless Rates Rise In January In Half Of US States
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