Nevada’s ongoing economic recovery was again evident in the year-end employment picture, which followed up a good 2013 with an even stronger 2014. The state saw across-the-board job gains in nearly every sector, including double-digit growth in the key construction industry.

Overall, the state added 41,000 jobs last year, a 3.5-percent climb that brought total employment to 1.2 million jobs. Those numbers were up slightly from previous estimates, which were recently adjusted by the U.S. Labor Department using unemployment insurance reports submitted quarterly by employers. While the adjustment added 600 jobs for Nevada in 2014, the revised numbers bumped the annual average unemployment rate from 7.7 percent to 7.8 percent. Even with the slight raise, the unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the 9.5 percent set in 2013.

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