Nevada Tops The Nation For Unemployment

Las Vegas Numbers Show One In Three Eligible Workers Are Jobless

Paul Ihander
May 27, 2020 - 5:09 pm
People wait in line for a job fair at a United Parcel Service (UPS) facility on November 01, 2019 in New York City.

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A new report out Wednesday from the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation shows Nevada is tops in the nation when it comes to people out of work.  

According to the April 2020 economic report, the State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 28.2% in April.  It's a huge jump from the 6.9% in March, and hardly comparable to the 4% jobless rate in April 2019.

A closer look at cities shows Las Vegas had an unemployment rate of 33.5% in April.  The numbers comes from having a labor force of 1,063,731 and 356,652 unemployed individuals. In Reno, the unemployment rate was 19.6% in April.

“This month’s report captures the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nevada’s labor market. Not to our surprise, the state and sub-state regions all realized a significant increase in unemployment and decrease in employment," said David Schmidt, Chief Economist for DETR.  "No area of the state has been unaffected; the Reno and Carson City MSAs saw employment declines near 10 percent and unemployment rates near 20 percent, while the rural micropolitan areas of the state saw unemployment rates broadly ranging between 10 and 20 percent."