When looking forward to 2014, it is important to consider the gains achieved in 2013. Employment in the Silver State expanded by 1.8 percent during the past year, as the count of employees reached a total of 1,185,700 (+21,500 jobs). Additionally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued on a downward trajectory to 8.8 percent by December 2013; the latest jobless figure represented a 1.0-point decline from a year ago. Gains were reported in nearly every sector of the Nevada economy. The retail sector responded to increased consumer spending as 8,000 additional retail jobs were created, representing a 5.7-percent jump. Education and health services continued to grow as 4,300 incremental jobs were created in the past year (4.0-percent increase). Other areas posting year-over-year gains included government (+3,500 jobs), professional and business services (+2,200 jobs), and leisure and hospitality (+1,300 jobs).