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Vegas employment outlook

March 7th, 2018

The newest labor numbers show that the Vegas employment outlook appears strong.

Nevada’s annual labor force revised numbers show little has changed since the initial numbers were previously reported for 2017. Nevada added 42,100 jobs last year, with a growth rate of 3.2 percent. The average unemployment rate for 2017 was five percent, down from 5.7 percent in 2016.


Nevada’s total nonfarm employment averaged 1,341,000 in 2017, non-seasonally adjusted, 200 jobs more than initially reported.

Statewide employment increased by an annual average of 42,100 in 2017. Previously reported gain was 40,900 jobs.  Carson City average annual employment estimates were revised upward by 1,000 jobs with and added average of 1,400 jobs in 2017.

Reno average annual employment estimates were revised upward by 4,600 jobs with a gain of 10,900 jobs.  Las Vegas employment estimates for 2017 were revised down slightly, by 1,300 jobs. The area saw an average annual growth of 27,300 jobs from the previous year.

The construction sector added the most jobs in 2017, both in nominal terms (+7,600) and in percentage growth (up ten percent). This is a slight downward revision from the pre-benchmark growth estimates of 9,100 construction jobs.

Manufacturing estimates were revised upward by 2400 jobs (for a total growth of 4,100), adjusting the growth rate from 3.9 percent to 9.4 percent, the second-highest growth rate for the year.

Prior to the benchmark, the Bureau reported the trade/transportation/utilities sector added 10,000 jobs. After the revision, the gain stands at 6,900, the second-largest nominal gain of the eleven supersectors.

Vegas jobs grow

March 7th, 2018

The latest labor statistics demonstrate that Vegas jobs continue to grow.

Employment rose to 1,361,100 reflecting an increase of 1,300 jobs over the month, while unemployment in the Nevada remains unchanged since December at 4.9 percent.

“I am encouraged to see we started the year by adding more jobs to the economy. Nevada is working toward the sixth continuous year with growth rates above the nation as a whole, while seeing an unchanged unemployment rate,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “These are certainly positive indicators for our state as we begin 2018.”

This is the 66th straight month with annual employment growth in Nevada higher than the US as a whole, reflecting continued strength in the job market in the state.

Over the year, jobs grew by just under 3 percent through January, said David Schmidt, Chief Economist for Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.


At 4.9 percent, Nevada’s unemployment rate remained unchanged since August of last year.

The Silver State added 1,300 jobs over the month in January, seasonally adjusted, to reach 1.36 million jobs. Over the year, employment grew by 37,700 or 2.8 percent.

At the height of the recession, adding discouraged workers to the “official” unemployment rate resulted in an increase of 1.1 percentage points. Currently, including discouraged workers only increases the headline rate by 0.4 percentage points.

The number of employers in Nevada’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) system has reached nearly 69,000, the highest fourth-quarter reading on record.  Nevada’s UI trust fund ended 2017 with a balance of $1.1 billion, an all-time high.

Healthcare jobs in Vegas grow

March 6th, 2018

The healthcare industry is booming, and healthcare jobs in Vegas continue to grow, according to recent labor statistics.

Employment increased by 200,000 in January, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Employment rose by 200,000 in January. Employment continued to trend up in construction, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing.

Construction added 36,000 jobs in January, with most of the increase occurring among specialty trade contractors (+26,000). Employment in residential building construction continued to trend up over the month (+5,000). Over the year, construction employment has increased by 226,000.

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in January (+31,000). The industry has added 255,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Employment in health care continued to trend up in January (+21,000), with a gain of 13,000 in hospitals. In 2017, health care added an average of 24,000 jobs per month.

In January, employment in manufacturing remained on an upward trend (+15,000).

Durable goods industries added 18,000 jobs. Manufacturing has added 186,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

Employment in other major industries, including mining, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, professional and business services, and government, changed little over the month.

Education jobs in Vegas grow

February 6th, 2018

According to recent labor statistics, education jobs in Vegas are climbing.

The State continues to see positive trends across a range of measures, including ongoing job gains, the fastest-growing private sector in the nation, strong small business employment, and relatively low unemployment rates and unemployment insurance claims activity.

Personal income is the income received by all persons from all sources: net earnings, property income, and personal current transfer receipts.

It is one of the broadest measures of economic activity at the state-level. Information through the third quarter of 2017 shows that personal income in Nevada reached $134 billion, up 2.2 percent from a year ago. In fact, personal income has increased in 29 of the past 30 quarters, following seven straight.

The Census Bureau produces population estimates each year, allowing the public to gauge the growth and demographic composition of the nation, states and communities. State estimates for 2017 have recently been released. These estimates show Nevada’s population at three million in 2017, up from 2.94 million in 2016, an increase of 60,000. This translates into a two percent gain, second-strongest in the nation.

Population growth often correlates with the overall health of the economy. Prior to the recession, as our economy boomed, Nevada’s population growth consistently ranked at the top. 2017’s ranking is most likely due, at least in part, to the Silver State’s improving economy and labor market.

Professional and business services added the most jobs throughout 2017, with a gain of 10,000 from 2016, or 5.7 percent. Construction far outpaced any other industry in terms of the rate of growth, adding 11.9 percent or 9,100 jobs. Education/health services came in third by both metrics, adding 5,800 jobs or 4.5 percent. Information remained the only sector to see fewer jobs throughout the year, lagging just 100 jobs behind 2016’s totals.

Vegas jobs added

February 6th, 2018

A number of Vegas jobs have been added, according to recent labor statistics.

Nevada’s personal income has increased in 29 of the past 30 quarters.

The Silver State had the second-fastest growing population in the nation in 2017.

Population growth totaled 60,000 for the year.

Nevada added 7,600 jobs in December from the previous month, or 40,900 over the course of 2017.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at five percent in December. For all of 2017, the jobless rate averaged 4.9 percent, down from 5.7 percent in 2016.

The number of long-term unemployed in Nevada peaked at 92,900 during the recession, but currently stands at just 15,100.

In December 2017, Blacks have an unemployment rate of 8.2 percent, while the rate for Whites is 4.6 percent. The rate for Hispanics stands at 5.2 percent.

The unemployment rate for veterans was 4.9 percent in December, down from 14.7 percent at the height of the recession.

Construction jobs in Vegas grow

January 7th, 2018

Construction jobs in Vegas are enjoying solid growth, according to labor market projections.

Nevada’s largest population centers experienced mixed job growth in November after a seasonally adjusted increase of 1,800 jobs Statewide. Job growth was heavily concentrated in Las Vegas, the Silver State’s largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Las Vegas employment saw a seasonally-adjusted increase of 1,200 jobs, the result of increasing by 3,600 jobs when only 2,400 were expected to be added.

In Carson City, job levels remained unchanged and in line with seasonal expectations.

Year-over-year employment increased Statewide and across all of the Silver State’s MSAs this month. Las Vegas employment grew at 2.7 percent, an increase of 25,500 jobs since November of 2016. Goods-producing industries in the area added 10,000 jobs while service-providing industries gained 15,2001 . Reno realized slight gains with 1,300 new jobs over the year, a growth rate of 0.6 percent. This growth corresponds to 1,800 new goods-producing jobs.

Job growth ranged from -4.1 percent in Esmeralda County to 67 percent in Storey County. In the latter, 4,200 new jobs were generated over the year, leaving employment at 10,500. Construction and manufacturing lead the way with 1,000 and 800 jobs, respectively.

As for Nevada’s major population centers, Carson City wages totaled $940 per week during the first six months of the year. Washoe County came in just above the Statewide average at $906. Clark County was slightly below the average for the Silver State at $890 per week.

Based on the most current QCEW information, average weekly wages in Nevada as a whole increased three percent over the first six months of 2017, relative to the same period in the 2016. Change in weekly wages range from -5.6 percent (Esmeralda) to 13.3 percent (Storey).

In the latter, growth is being driven by construction and manufacturing. Sixteen of 17 counties experienced an increase in average weekly wages in this year’s second quarter. As for Nevada’s major population centers, both Carson City (7.6 percent) and Washoe County (3.5 percent) saw wage increases greater than in the Silver State as a whole. Wages in Clark County grew slightly less than that for the Silver State at 2.3 percent.


Las Vegas jobs climb

January 7th, 2018

A number of Las Vegas jobs have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

All metro areas experienced job growth over the year and job levels continue to trend up in the State’s major population centers, with record highs in Las Vegas and Reno.

In November the jobless rates are down slightly over the year in all metros. Sustained growth in the labor force will continue to limit declines in the jobless rate. Highlights:

Job Growth Since November 2016: o

Statewide jobs are up 2.7 percent; 35,100

Las Vegas jobs are up 2.7 percent; 25,500

Reno jobs are up 0.6 percent; 1,300

Carson City jobs are up 2.1 percent; 600

Unemployment Rates:

Las Vegas: 5.1 percent; down 0.1 point from a year ago

Reno: four percent; down 0.2 point from a year ago

Carson City: five percent; down 0.3 point from a year ago

November unemployment rates ranged from 2.9 percent (Eureka) to 6.4 percent (Nye).

Sixteen of 17 counties experienced an increase in average weekly wages in this year’s second quarter.

Carson City (7.6 percent) and Washoe County (3.5 percent) saw wage increases greater than in the Silver State as a whole.

Year-to-date, initial claims for unemployment insurance have declined in all but three counties.

Clark, Washoe, and Carson City experienced year-to-date declines in initial claims for unemployment insurance of 1,200, 850, and 340, respectively.

Best Vegas jobs

January 5th, 2018

Are you looking for a career change when it comes to Vegas jobs? A new Careerbuilder survey can point you in the right direction.

CareerBuilder is releasing a list of jobs that can give you the building blocks to jump-start your career and get ahead. The study looks at jobs that are projected to grow over the next five years, present good learning opportunities and, for the most part, don’t require a college degree.


2018 Jobs



Avg. Hourly

Computer User Support Specialist – helpdesk-type roles get exposure to evolving technologies and training for higher skill IT positions



Some college, no degree


Human Resource Specialist – working with not only HR, but all functions, allows for a varied skillset which can be applied across the business



Bachelor’s degree 


Administrative Assistant – organizational and multi-tasking skills are core to this role, which serves as the support system for a team with insider knowledge on a wide range of projects and businesses



High school diploma or equivalent 


Customer Service Representatives – provides a great way to become an expert on the company’s products while building problem-solving and communication skills 



High school diploma or equivalent 


Medical Assistant – provides exposure to both clinical and non-clinical learning opportunities that can open the door to other positions in the industry 



Post-secondary non-degree award 


Education jobs in Vegas burgeon

December 8th, 2017

The number of education jobs in Vegas is growing, according to recent labor statistics.

Employment growth in Nevada remains strong in October, as the State surpassed 1.35 million jobs, seasonally adjusted, after adding 2,800 payroll positions since September. The State was expected to gain 3,700 jobs, based upon historical trends, but actually added 6,500, resulting in the seasonally-adjusted gain.

This corresponds to an increase of 36,600 jobs since October of last year, a growth of 2.8 percent.

Nationally, employment only grew by 1.4 percent over the year, making October both the 82nd consecutive month of year-over-year job gains in the Silver State and the 63rd straight month that job growth in the State has outpaced national growth.

Professional and business services have added the most jobs year-to-date, with 10,200 more jobs than the same period last year. Construction (+8,800), leisure and hospitality (+6,400), and education/health services (+5,800) follow.

Construction has added jobs at the fastest rate year-to-date, growing 11.7 percent over the same period last year. Information remains the only sector to see job losses through the first ten months of the year, with 100 fewer employed than last year.

The difference between the number of gross job gains and the number of gross job losses solely attributable to opening and closing establishments yielded a net employment gain of 3,200 jobs in the private sector during 2017:IQ. Net job growth from openings/closings is the second-highest since the recovery began. All told, net job growth has been positive in 21 of the past 22 quarters.

Construction jobs in Vegas climb

December 8th, 2017

The number of construction jobs in Vegas are growing, according to recent labor statistics.

Nevada employment levels rose to yet another record in October, surpassing 1.35 million for the first time.

The Silver State’s employers have added more than 240,000 jobs since the recovery began in late 2010.

Job growth has exceeded the national average in each of the past 63 months. In fact, our most recent calculations show that job gains in Nevada are the strongest in the nation.

The jobless rate currently stands at five percent, after peaking at nearly 14 percent during the recession.


Nevada added 2,800 jobs over the month, with total employment surpassing 1.35 million jobs.

The State gained 36,600 jobs since October of last year, a growth of 2.8 percent, compared to 1.4 percent nationwide.

The unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percentage point to five percent in October, down from 5.3 percent a year ago.

Nevada’s labor force has expanded by 18,400 year to date, versus the same period last year.

This is a growth of 1.3 percent, compared to 0.7 percent nationwide.

Nevada’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund ended the third quarter with a record-high balance of $1.0 billion.