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Las Vegas Summer Jobs Providing Lasting Value

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Several interns taking part in Las Vegas summer jobs are learning what it takes to run a business.

Earlier this month, 16 summer interns opened “Vegas Curbside” in Town Square, which will allow Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce interns to operate and manage the kiosk business that will sell souvenir merchandise. Although only open through July 31, interns are learning to manage all functions of the business, including merchandising, staffing, sales, customer service, marketing and public relations.

The interns will determine a percentage of their profits to be donated to a local non-profit charity. Although operating for only a short time – about a month – the experience provides teenagers an opportunity to learn about corporate giving and the role many businesses play in supporting local charities and having a positive impact on the community.

Aside from running the curbside kiosk, interns are working within the various Chamber departments in order to give them additional career experience in an area of their choice. The interns can choose to work in several departments, including human relations, government affairs, public relations, marketing, finance, event management, Web design, graphic design and information technology.

The internships are created through a partnership between the 2009 Summer Business Institute, a program of the Clark County Community Resources Management Division, and the Summer Work for Youth Program, which is managed by Manpower for the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation and the Southern Nevada Workforce Investment Board.

The internships are not only adding value to the teenagers partaking in them, but also to the overall Las Vegas economy, which has been declining as of late. During June, the Las Vegas-Paradise area saw its unemployment rate increase from 11.1 percent to 12.3 percent.

The area had a total non-farm employment of 862,700 workers during June, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 870,500 workers during May and a 6.5 percent decrease from last year.

Las Vegas Jobs Decline Again

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

With the exception of a few bright spots, the economy throughout the country is still continuing to suffer. As evidence of this, more Las Vegas jobs were lost last month. To find out more about Las Vegas jobs, visit http://www.vegasjobs.com.

During June, the Las Vegas-Paradise area had a total non-farm employment of 862,700 workers, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 870,500 workers during May and a 6.5 percent decrease from last year.

City unemployment numbers have not yet been released for June, but during May, the Las Vegas area saw its unemployment rate increase from 10.4 percent to 11.1 percent, which was higher than the national unemployment rate at the time of 9.4 percent. The city hasn’t seen its unemployment rate decrease since April 2008, when it went from 5.2 percent to 5 percent.

Once again, the construction industry took the biggest hit when compared to last year. That industry employed 76,700 workers during June, down from 77,400 workers during May and a 19.8 percent decrease from last year.

Other industries that lost jobs when compared to last year include:

  • manufacturing by 7.7 percent
  • trade, transportation and utilities by 3.4 percent
  • information by 7.1 percent
  • financial activities by 5 percent
  • professional and business services by 10 percent
  • leisure and hospitality by 6.6 percent
  • other services by 1.1 percent
  • government by 3.7 percent

Only one industry managed to add jobs when compared to last year. The education and health services industry employed 69,500 workers during June, up from 69,400 workers during May and a 4.5 percent increase from last year. The mining and logging industry employed 400 workers during June, the same as during May and the same as this time last year.

Las Vegas Teaching Jobs

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

If you’re looking for a job in Las Vegas, you should know the city has a lot more to offer than just gambling, nightlife and entertainment. For instance, Las Vegas teaching jobs are very popular.

The education industry has remained mostly stable among the current economy, most likely because it’s often considered one of the few industries to be recession-proof. Although the industry does see some layoffs at the end of the traditional school year, most school districts are usually hiring, and some can’t even find enough qualified teachers to fill the open positions they do have.

The Las Vegas-Paradise area’s education industry is not exception to this and has continued to add jobs as of late. The area’s education and health services industry employed 68,600 workers during May, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 68,500 workers during April and a 3.2 percent increase from last year.

In Las Vegas, primary and secondary public education is overseen by the Clark County School District, which is the fifth most populous school district in the country. During the 2007 – 2008 school year, the district had a projected enrollment of 314,000 students from kingergarten through 12th grade.

If you’re looking for work in higher education, the Las Vegas area has a lot to offer. Some of the most well-known schools are:

Las Vegas Casino Jobs Continue to Decline

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

The current state of the economy is having a negative effect on the casino and gaming industry in Las Vegas. Most recently, another large company has announced its plan to cut casino jobs. Click here to find more Las Vegas jobs.

Las Vegas Sands has announced that it has eliminated almost 200 positions. This news is contrary to the company’s previous claims that it is in a position to withstand the economic recession. The 194 jobs that were cut most recently are on top of another 280 that were cut in March. That means nearly 500 jobs have been lost during the past few months.

According to an article by Casino Gambling Web, Las Vegas casinos and casinos in general throughout the country have been among the hardest hit by the economic recession. That’s mostly because consumers have been more guarded with their money and less likely to spend hard-earned cash on activities like gambling.

On top of that, Las Vegas is no longer the only place people can go to gamble. Casinos and gambling industries are being built up all over the country. Several states have changed gambling laws to help generate revenue, which has allowed people to get their gambling fix closer to home.

In April, there were more than 200,000 casino-related jobs in Las Vegas. The city’s gaming workforce is made up of more than employees seen on casino floors, and includes those who work in hotels, shops, spas, catering outlets, bars, giving tours and those who provide other services.

Las Vegas Unemployment Spikes

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

More and more people are finding themselves without a job as the Las Vegas unemployment rate continues to increase and the city loses more jobs.

During May, the city saw its unemployment rate increase from 10.4 percent to 11.1 percent, which is almost two points higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.4 percent. The city has not seen its unemployment rate decrease since April 2008, when it went from 5.2 percent to 5 percent.

The Las Vegas-Paradise area had a total non-farm employment of 871,200 workers during May, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 871,500 workers during April and a 6.3 percent decrease from last year.

As has been the case in many places as of late, the construction industry took the worst hit when compared to last year. That industry employed 78,900 workers during May, down from 80,000 workers during April and a 17.3 percent decrease from last year.

Other industries that saw an over-the-year jobs decrease include:

  • manufacturing by 8.1 percent
  • trade, transportation and utilities by 3.8 percent
  • information by 10.9 percent
  • financial activities by 5.4 percent
  • professional and business services by 9.3 percent
  • leisure and hospitality by 6.3 percent
  • other services by 1.1 percent
  • government by 3.5 percent

The mining and logging industry employed 400 workers, the same as during April and last year. The education and health services industry was the only one to add jobs when compared to last year. That industry employed 68,600 workers duriung May, up from 68,500 workers during April and a 3.2 percent increase from last year.