Nevada officials reported this week that the Silver State was second in the nation for percentage of job growth since September 2020.
U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows Nevada had a 6.6% increase in employment—about 84,100 jobs over the past year. The only state to outpace Nevada was Hawaii, with a 12.6% job explosion.
Meanwhile Western states showed employment increases ranging from 3.2% (Idaho) to 5.2% (Utah).
Governor Steve Sisolak was a pretty happy governor – remarking “Being one of the hardest hit states by the pandemic, this is great news for Nevada. Together, we have launched a safe and responsible reopening plan focused on vaccinating Nevadans, protecting jobs and strengthening the economy. Our hard work is paying off.”
Nevada’s gaming and entertainment industries also showed the biggest number of jobs added over the past year to post a 12.5% annual growth rate. Trades, transportation and, utilities along with professional and business services posted jobs gains at 18,300 and 17,300 for a big bang of 35,000 jobs total, and is likely still rising.