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Templates focus on Vegas jobs

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

New templates for background checks will help those hiring for Vegas jobs.

The Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) will soon debut online templates to assist and educate Nevada public employers in complying with state law regarding conducting criminal history (background) checks on potential employees.

The templates will debut online on NERC’s webpage at in the upcoming week.

“We are pleased to be able to provide these online templates for Nevada public employers and in educating and assisting them in complying with state law,” said Kara Jenkins, Administrator for the Commission.

“The law does not require the use of these templates, but rather we hope they may be utilized as tools for all employers, both public and private employers.”

The state requires public employers (state, city, incorporated city or unincorporated town, town board, county and local level[s] of government) to ensure careful consideration and fairness to all qualified applicants (for classified and unclassified service) including those applicants that may have a criminal history or “record.”

Failure to do so may result in a NERC charge, investigation and settlement at employer’s expense. Additional guidance is available on NERC’s website.

Vegas administrative jobs grow

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

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

The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in September by holding steady at 4.5 percent over the month, but is down 0.4 percentage point over the year.

Overall job growth is up 45,300 jobs and grew by 3.2 percent year-over-year.

Nevada’s over the year job growth rate has remained at or over three percent since July of this year, according to the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s (DETR) September 2018 economic report.

“The conditions of the State’s labor market continue to fare well. Job growth has been fairly consistent of late, and appears to be trending at about 40,000 new jobs, on an annualized basis. Initial claims for unemployment insurance continued to improve this month and are at the lowest levels they’ve been in two decades. Another positive indication of Nevada’s recovery that should be noted is the improvement in the long-term unemployment rate, which remained high well into the current expansion. The longterm rate is 0.8 percent and is back to levels consistent with a healthy labor market.” said David Schmidt, Chief Economist for DETR.

The Statewide unemployment rate at 4.5% remained unchanged from last month, but is down 0.4 percentage point over the year.

Unemployment in all age groups is on the downward trend and remains the lowest rate since July 2007.  Over the month, seasonally-adjusted employment grew by 2,800 jobs to 1,394,100.

The state added 43,500 jobs over the year (seasonally-adjusted), a gain of 3.2 percent.

Initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits decreased to 8,289, the lowest level for any month since 1998.

Vegas jobs climb

Monday, November 5th, 2018

New labor statistics bring news that Vegas jobs have climbed.

In Nevada, overall job growth increased to nearly 46,000 jobs year-over-year. At 3.4 percent growth, this is the largest increase since June 2017.

The state’s unemployment rate decreased by another 0.1 percent to 4.6 percent, the lowest level since August 2007.

“This month’s record numbers in job growth, number of employers in the state’s Unemployment Insurance System and Nevada’s Trust Fund balance at nearly $1.3 billion, is encouraging for our state and continues to strengthen Nevada’s economic standing,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Combined with a diminishing unemployment rate, the Silver State continues to build on our position for the future.”

Unemployment declined by 0.1 percentage point, the third decline seen so far this year.

The last time Nevada’s unemployment rate was this low was August, 2007.

July’s (seasonally-adjusted) over-the-month job gain of 9,500 was the largest over-the-month increase (next to July 2016) since the end of the recession.

The state added 46,000 jobs over the year (seasonally-adjusted).

Manufacturing employment has grown by 14% year to date.

Another record-high number of employers in Nevada’s unemployment insurance system, at 70,960 at the end of 2018’s 2nd Quarter.

Nevada’s Trust Fund balance is at nearly $1.3 billion at the end of the 2nd quarter.