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Survey shows that Vegas jobs are increasing

A new survey has a promising outlook on the status of Vegas jobs.

Job search engine Simply Hired released its October Employment Outlook highlighting national and local market outlooks, and industry and employer trends.

Nationwide job openings increased for the third consecutive month, up slightly by 0.7 percent month-over-month and 9.0 percent year-over-year. Openings were previously up 4.5 percent month-over-month and 16.5 percent year-over-year.

“Hiring remained stable this month, with a slight month-over-month increase and steady year-over-year growth,” said Gautam Godhwani, CEO of “Continued job growth is expected through the end of the year, especially in the retail industry due to seasonal hiring.”

Thirty-two of 50 metros saw increased hiring this month compared to last, and 43 of 50 posted year-over-year increases. Washington D.C. remained the least competitive metro area with a 1:1 job competition ratio, and Miami & Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas both saw an 8:1 ratio, the highest posted.

Fourteen of 18 industries had increases in job openings in September, up slightly from August. The industries posting decreases include: education (-5.9 percent), financial services (-2.2 percent), hospitality (-1.1 percent) and technology (-1.9 percent).

The retail industry posted a 150.6 percent growth last month, and continued to see an increase this month, up 132.9 percent. Job openings for retail salespersons were up 88.8 percent this month, just shy of last month’s 89.2 percent growth. Seasonal hiring will continue to play a role in retail employment throughout the holiday season.