Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 | 4:07 p.m.
CARSON CITY — In 2016, Nevada employment will surpass its peak year of 2007, a jobs expert predicted Tuesday.
After 2007, the recession hit and 175,000 jobs were lost. Since then, the economy has been slowly recovering.
Bill Anderson, chief economist for the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, said this is the first time he has predicted the number of jobs statewide will reach near 1.3 million.
A new Tesla battery plant east of Sparks will play a big part in regaining jobs, creating 3,500 jobs next year, Anderson said.