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September 30, 2016

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Clark County trails much of state in average hourly wage

The average hourly wage in Clark County was $18.99 in 2015, which was among the lowest averages in the state.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation issued its jobless rate for January showing the unemployment rate in Clark County inched up to 6.5 percent. But it was down 1 percent from January 2015.

The statewide average wage was $19.28 an hour.

The highest wages were paid in the four rural gold-producing counties with Eureka at the top at $29.47 an hour. The lowest average wages were paid in Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties which ranged from $17.75 to $18.27, according to a firm called Economic Modeling Specialists.

The state report said employment grew in the Las Vegas area by 26,000 jobs, up 2.9 percent from January 2015.

The number of jobs in the professional and business sector in the Las Vegas-Paradise area grew to 128,100, up 3,300 from January 2015. Employment in casino-hotels dropped by 1,300 to 155,000 in January. Construction employment rose by 100 jobs in the year-to-year comparison to 53,500 this January.

Southern Nevada employment in trade, transportation and utilities fell to 176,900 from 176,000 a year ago. Government employment in the Las Vegas area fell from 101,700 in January 2015 to 99,300 this year.

Unemployment rates statewide ranged from 5.4 percent in White Pine County to 9.4 percent in Lyon County.

The jobless rate in Washoe County increased to 6.2 percent but was 1.2 percent lower than a year ago. Carson City’s rate was 7.7 percent in January, a decline of 0.8 percent from a year ago.

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