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Jobs returning to Nevada, but slowly

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Slowly but surely, jobs are returning to Nevada, according to the outlook published Tuesday by the state's employment division.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said the Silver State is projected to see 23,000 more jobs in the state this year than last year. The upward trend is expected to continue for the next two years - up by 26,000 jobs in 2014 and up by 30,000 jobs in 2015.

Most of the new jobs will come in the construction and hospitality industries, according to the report. By 2015, there will be 6,000 more construction jobs and 5,200 more hospitality jobs.

Despite the good news, officials said the numbers will remain below the peak levels seen in 2007, before the Great Recession.

"To put this in perspective, Nevada lost almost 200,000 jobs from peak to trough, 100,000 of which were construction jobs," said DETR Chief Economist Bill Anderson. "In 2006, at peak levels of employment, construction represented 11.2 percent of the total workforce. In 2012, that share stood at 4.6 percent."

By 2015, Nevada is projected to have 78,300 more jobs than in 2012 in nearly every sector of the economy, Anderson said.

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