Amid slow recovery, Nevada's jobless rate likely to remain worst in America

Nevada added back 11,900 jobs in August as the state continued to recover from the economic damage of the pandemic, according to updated statistics released Sept. 17 by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

Despite that, the unemployment rate remained at 7.7% for August, which continues to lead the nation, though it’s down considerably from the 14.5% reported a year ago in August 2020.

DETR’s Sept. 17 report concluded that Nevada’s jobless rate is “likely to remain one of the highest rates in the nation and reflecting the long road left to a complete recovery.”

Per the report, the two industries that saw the largest job growth in August were the leisure and hospitality and construction sectors. Job growth in leisure and hospitality added 3,900 workers, or 1.4%, while construction grew by 3,000, or 3.3%, when adjusting for seasonality.

The Las Vegas region added 7,000 jobs in August, growing at 0.7%. The Reno-Sparks region grew by 900 jobs, or 0.4%, while Carson City grew by 300 jobs, or 1%.

“Although Nevada continues to see improvement in the labor market, there are still significant hurdles in achieving a full recovery in the state, especially the uncertainty around new COVID-19 variants and their potential impacts on businesses and the labor force,” according to the report.

Go here for full August stats and trends from DETR.


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