LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's unemployment rate fell to 13 percent in November in the first drop since May, but the state's labor force continued to shrink as Nevada gained only 1,300 jobs last month, according to state employment data released Monday.

The statewide unemployment rate was 13.4 percent in October and 14.9 percent a year ago. Since then, the estimated number of jobless Nevadans has shrunk from 198,200 to 171,800. Unemployment rates in Nevada's three metropolitan areas also dropped, according to Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation data.

The unofficial employment rate counting the underemployed and unemployed people who have stopped looking for work also improved, dropping from 27.7 earlier this year to 23.3 percent in November. The national unemployment rate is 8.6 percent.

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