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April 26, 2015

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Nevada unemployment rate holds steady at 11.6 percent

CARSON CITY — The unemployment rate rose to 12.1 percent in June in the Las Vegas area with an estimated 119,100 workers jobless or 3,000 more than in May.

But it’s a better picture than in June 2011, when there were 142,800 jobless in Southern Nevada.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said Friday that the state’s jobless rate held steady in June at 11.6 percent, the same as in May. The number on the job rose to 1,206,800 in June, up 1 percent from May.

Nevada’s unemployment rate was still higher than the national jobless rate of 8 percent. “This month’s employment numbers indicate the economy is continuing to grow at a slow but modest pace,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said. “This is the 12th straight month of positive news.”

Total employment in the Las Vegas area hit 861,800, up 12,600 workers or 1 percent compared to June 2011.

Construction employment in the Las Vegas area in June inched up to 36,500, or 1,500 more than in May. It still trailed the 37,300 construction jobs in June 2011.

Employment in casino hotels and gaming totaled 164,600, down 400 workers from May in the Las Vegas area, the agency reported. But there were 2,600 more employed in the industry compared to the same month of a year ago.

Employment in trade, transportation and utilities registered gains compared to May and to June 2011 in the Las Vegas area. There were a reported 151,500 people on the job, up by 300 workers from May and 3,400 from June last year.

The department said the unemployment for Reno-Sparks reached 11.7 percent, up from 11.5 percent in May but down from the 13.3 percent in June 2011. Total employment reached 197,700, up 0.5 percent from June 2011.

Unemployment in the Carson City area inched up to 11.8 percent in June, compared to 11.6 percent in May and 12.9 percent in June a year ago.

Unemployment in the Elko area rose to 6.3 percent in June, up from the 6.1 percent in May but down from 12.9 percent in June 2011.

Bill Anderson, chief economist for the department, said there has been renewed job growth in the leisure-hospitality industry driven by visitation gains in Southern Nevada.

“Since reaching a recessionary low of a seasonally adjusted 304,500 in November 2009, nearly 20,000 jobs have been added in this industry,” he said.

He said professional-business service jobs stand 5,000 higher than a year ago in June. Jobs in the health care-social assistance field rose 1,200 from May to June.

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  1. I wonder how they know when a person is unemployed after they have used up their UI benefits? I know a girl who has used up her 99 weeks of UI, and is still unable to find work. Is she counted? I doubt it. Bet the unemployment rate here is double what they are saying. Love our government's BS reports.

  2. Wow they added 20,000 jobs. And how many did they lay off previously? We have people in Washington that represent Nevada who are praising each other for job creation in Nevada that has done virtually nothing to help with our economy. Now that another company propped up by our taxes has failed it will add more to the unemployment roles. "Take this time to get an education so you are ready when the economy improves." Well that did not work. Now there are graduates with student loans about to come due that can't find a job. Diversifying our economy should have been completed 20 years ago when it first was discussed and supported by everyone. But no corporations built larger resorts, so they will handle future employment. That worked real well too.
    Another issue contributing to high unemployment is that companies won't hire you if you have been out of work for more than a few years. They want to hire people that are currently working. FALSELY believing that if you have not worked you are a poor employee. Gotta give these unemployed people a chance.

  3. So they poll or survey people to find out how many are looking for work. Wonder how that's done now that many fewer people maintain a home land line and many of us don't give out the cell phone number. Have to wonder if there are serious inaccuracies in the polling or process. It just is not rational that Nevada's unemployment rate hovers so closely to the same numbers. And with the asinine comments from DETR administrators.....about our economy "improving" one must wonder how "well done" they are cooking the books.

  4. @Daydreamer: Stuff is sitting on the desks of members of Congress, waiting to have action taken. And so far, no one has lifted a finger to get things done. And try and post something original and not stuff you read somewhere else.

  5. There was an interesting article in our local paper today. It has to do with finding skilled workers.

    NOTE TO SUN: It has "Los Angeles" where the article originated.

  6. <<Another issue contributing to high unemployment is that companies won't hire you if you have been out of work for more than a few years. They want to hire people that are currently working>>

    Try "a few months" instead of a few years!!! My niece is a recruiter for high tech companies and most of the clients she handles won't even review someone's resume if they have been out of work more than 2 months, that's if you're lucky. And yes, most won't even consider you if you are currently unemployed.