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Is There Good News in Newly-Released Unemployment Numbers?

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Nick Montes
Channel 2 News

New unemployment numbers are out for Nevada, and while many feel the job market is tarnished in the Silver State, some are trying to find the good in it. The Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation reports more than 187,000 Nevadans are currently looking for work.

Some people are positive things will start to turn around. If you're looking for work right now, the job search may feel like that old story of David and Goliath with the high numbers of unemployment against you.

Nevada's unemployment rate for January remained steady at 13 percent. But that means 187,700 Nevadans are out of work. However rates are up in Reno and Vegas Reno climbed to 13.5 percent, and Vegas hit 13.8 percent. That's up less than a point since December.

Most of those lost jobs were seasonal during the holidays. But there seems to be a shimmer of hope for those looking for work. "In my particular office we've gained eleven this past month, and we have normally about 50," says Lisa Hebbering of Reno.

Gibbering works for AT&T and says the company suffered in the midst of the ailing economy.   But, she says there's good news now. "People are coming to Reno we actually had people that have actually moved here for jobs because they've been outsourced from California," Hebbering says.

That's all big business talk. But, how about small businesses? The unemployment numbers do something for small business owners. "Today, there's a huge pool of people out there ready and willing to go work for companies who want to start or grow businesses," says Dave Archer with Nevada's Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Archer says it was much different when the economy was good. "Two years ago with unemployment very, very low it was hard for people to get new employment," Archer says.

Tim White is a Utah business owner looking to expand his business in Reno. He does home inspections and energy audits. He believes business will boom for him here, in 2011. "There's risk in everything and the people that want to take the chances and I think there's great opportunity there," White says.

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