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Nevada Jobs Program Holds Ribbon Cutting

GRAPHIC: State officials say the new Nevada JobConnect location in Sparks is more convenient for those seeking employment, and also for employers posting available jobs. Graphic credit: Delta Township, Michigan.
GRAPHIC: State officials say the new Nevada JobConnect location in Sparks is more convenient for those seeking employment, and also for employers posting available jobs. Graphic credit: Delta Township, Michigan.
June 9, 2015

SPARKS, Nev. – Job seekers in Northern Nevada may find it's becoming easier to connect with Nevada JobConnect, a state program that works with employers and employees.

Mae Worthy with the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation says a new JobConnect office on Pyramid Way in Sparks is more convenient and accessible for residents, versus the previous location on Prater Way.

The new Sparks office at 2281 Pyramid Way will be dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning at 10 a.m.

"We have a resource center where they can come in and use the computer to look for jobs," she says. "We have a lot of job postings with major employers, so those jobs are listed through our job boards online and in person."

Worthey says even though the ribbon-cutting event is today, the JobConnect office has been open and serving the public since April.

Despite the economic recovery, the U.S. Labor Department reports Nevada's 7.1 percent unemployment rate in April was the second highest in the nation. Worthey says the statistic may be relative, adding that a few short years ago the state's job market was in "bad shape."

"If you look at where we have come from, from the height of the recession when we were over 14 percent, you will see unemployment has fallen tremendously," she says.

Worthey says Nevada JobConnect also provides career counseling and helps residents connect with resources to update their education, which can help them find better-paying jobs.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV