Although the city’s unemployment rate did not increase, some jobs in Las Vegas were still lost during April, as nine industries shed positions.
The unemployment rate in the City of Las Vegas remained at 10.4 percent from March to April, marking the first time the city hasn’t did not see an unemployment increase since November 2008. However, the city’s unemployment rate is still higher than the national unemployment rate of 8.9 percent.
The Las Vegas-Paradise area had a total non-farm employment of 871,400 workers during April, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 875,600 workers during March and a 5.9 percent decrease from last year.
As seems to be the trend throughout the country, the construction industry took the biggest hit when compared to last year. That industry employed 80,100 workers during April, down from 81,100 workers during March and a 15.2 percent decrease from last year.
Other industries in Las Vegas that saw an over-the-year jobs decrease during April include:
- manufacturing by 7.8 percent
- trade, transportation and utilities by 4.2 percent
- information by 8 percent
- financial activities by 5.4 percent
- professional and business services by 9.3 percent
- leisure and hospitality by 6.1 percent
- other services by .4 percent
- government by 2.9 percent
The area’s mining and logging industry employed 400 workers during April, the same as during March and the same as last year.
Only one industry saw an over-the-year increase in jobs during April. The area’s education and health services industry employed 68,500 workers during April, up from 68,200 workers during March and a 3.5 percent increase from last year.