Nevada finished 2015 with a bevy of positive economic news, including a number of indicators that closed the year among the best in the nation.

The state’s expanding jobs market led economic news headlines throughout the year. Annual average employment grew by 37,500 jobs in 2015 for an annual growth rate of 3.1 percent. That rate ranked sixth best in the United States. If statewide employment continues to expand at about the same rate in 2016, the total number of jobs will return to pre-recession levels later this year. Growing employment pushed the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down to 6.4 percent, the lowest since 2008. Despite the improvement, Nevada’s unemployment rate remained among the three highest in the country.

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