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Jobs in Las Vegas Decline

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Those looking for jobs in Las Vegas most likely did not have a lot of luck last month, as employers continued to shed jobs and the city’s unemployment rate continued to increase.

During July, the Las Vegas-Paradise area saw its unemployment rate increase from 12.3 percent to 13.1 percent, which is higher than the national unemployment rate of 9.4 percent. Last year, the area’s July unemployment rate came in at 6.9 percent. The city’s unemployment rate has not declined since April 2008, when it went from 5.2 percent to 5 percent.

The area had a total non-farm employment of 850,800 workers during July, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 862,700 workers during June and a 6.6 percent decrease from last year.

Only one industry managed to add jobs when compared to last year. The education and health services industry employed 68,600 workers during July, down from 69,500 workers during June, but a 3.8 percent increase from last year. The mining and logging industry employed 400 workers during July, the same as during June and the same as last year.

The construction industry took the biggest hit when compared to last year. That industry employed 74,400 workers during July, down from 76,600 workers during June and a 22.5 percent decrease from last year.

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

  • manufacturing by 7.8 percent
  • trade, transportation and utilities by 4.5 percent
  • information by 4.6 percent
  • financial activities by 5.3 percent
  • professional and business services by 7 percent
  • leisure and hospitality by 6.4 percent
  • other services by .4 percent
  • government by 3.8 percent

Las Vegas Green Jobs Created by CityCenter

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

We’ve heard a lot about CityCenter lately. Despite recent financial troubles, the urban resort destination located in Las Vegas is expected to create thousands of jobs and help revive the city’s gaming industry. But did you know that CityCenter will be one of the world’s biggest sustainable developments, in turn creating many Las Vegas green jobs?

The resort plans to implement a green mentality to all of its components, including design, construction, operations and guest amenities. The facility is planning to receive gold and silver LEED ratings from the U.S. Green Building Council throughout its hotels, residences, dining, retail and public spaces.

According to an article by the Real Estate Channel Global News Center, CityCenter has introduced mroe than 10,000 construction trade and craftsmen to green building techniques that can be implemented at other developments throughout Las Vegas and elsewhere.

“CityCenter captures the energy and diversity of Las Vegas in one of the world’s largest green urban developments,” Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Mirage, said. “Designing CityCenter with sustainable elements and practices reinforces its permanence and creates a healthier environment for our guests and residents, as well as for the 12,000 people who ultimately will work at CityCenter.”

During the construction and recycling phase of the project, green efforts include:

  • The Boardwalk Hotel was imploded to make way for CityCenter. About 80 percent of the previous structure has been recycled into the building materials or sent elsewhere for reuse. Crushed blocks and mortar were used in dust abatement on the construction site and as aggregate in concrete and asphalt; recycled whole and broken glass and bathroom fixtures were shipped to other countries for reuse after being wrapped in Boardwalk curtains and carpets as recycled packing materials.
  • About 95 percent of all construction waste that would have ended up in landfills has been recycled.
  • Ventilation systems have been completely sealed until installed, which protects them from the dust, smoke and harmful particles that are present on a construction site. No smoking is allowed on the site once the ventilation is sealed, which will give the buildings vastly higher indoor air quality when the facility opens.
  • CityCenter uses Forest Stewardship Council wood, which ensures wood is only taken from forests with responsible management practices. Low volatile organic compound paints are used, along with enough sustainable certified carpet to cover 140 American football fields.
  • Reclaimed water from the Monte Carlo is used for dust control in place of precious drinking water, which has contributed to savings of 2.4 million gallons of potable water.
  • A concrete batch plant allowed concrete to be generated on site saving gas and energy.
  • Each room is carefully sealed to prevent migration of tobacco smoke ensuring freshness and comfort for each guest.

Other features in CityCenter’s design and operations, as well as the overall guest experience, will help maintain the facility’s green-friendly repuation.

Jobs in Las Vegas Worse for Working Mothers

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

If you’re a working mother, you might want to consider other options than looking for a job in Las Vegas.

ForbesWoman recently released its list of the best cities for working mothers, and Las Vegas placed dead last at number 50. The list was based on a myriad of 11 subcategories, including living cost, healthcare and school quality.

Las Vegas ranked 35 for income, 43 for unemployment, 37 for living cost, 14 for healthcare, 49 for pediatricians, 46 for school quality, 36 for spending per-pupil, 39 for childcare, 47 for violent crimes, 34 for property crimes and 38 for parks.

“There are numerous considerations for what working moms want in their choice of a city,” ForbesWoman writer Heidi Brown said. “We based our rankings on the premise that different mothers have different needs. Beyond good healthcare and safety, mothers who work want a city which offers plentiful jobs, high salaries and abundant day care options.”

The New York metropolitan area was ranked first, while other popular cities fell further down the list, such as Boston, which came in at 24. Boston ranked second for pediatrics, fourth for income, fourth for per-pupil spending, 42 for cost of living and 50 for parks. New York was ranked fifth for parks and third for pediatrics.

The top 10 best areas for working mothers include:

  • New York Metro
  • Austin
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Milwaukee
  • Portland
  • Cincinnati
  • San Jose
  • Pittsburgh
  • Seattle-Tacoma
  • Denver

The worst cities for working mothers include:

  • Detroit
  • Birmingham
  • Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Salt Lake City
  • Tampa
  • New Orleans
  • Riverside/San Bernardino
  • Orlando
  • Las Vegas