Nevada adds 11,900 jobs in August


Nevada added back 11,900 jobs in August as the state continued to recover from the economic damage of the pandemic.
Dave Schmidt, chief economist for the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, said the leisure and hospitality industry added the most jobs — 3,900 since July. He said the number of construction jobs also increased, by 3,000, over the month.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Reporting Area added 7,000 jobs, for an increase of 78,700 jobs since August 2020. A total of 965,400 are now employed in Southern Nevada.
The Reno/Sparks reporting area also did well, adding 900 jobs over the month. Reno has increased total employment by 13,600 jobs in the past year. There are 247,500 working in the Reno reporting area as of August.
Carson City reported an increase of 300 jobs. Total employment in the capital is now 1,300 higher than a year ago, at 30,700.
Altogether, employment has increased by 103,300 since August 2020 and now totals 1.35 million.
The state’s unemployment rate remained at 7.7 percent and Schmidt said Nevada is likely to have one of the highest jobless rates in the nation for some time to come.

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