New Survey On Unemployment Especially Brutal Toward Southern Nevada

3 Communities In Top 6, But 2 Places Have It Worse

Mitch Kelly
April 30, 2020 - 6:19 am
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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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - It’s hard to overstate just how disastrous the COVID-19 pandemic has been for U.S. jobs. In total, the country has lost over 22 million jobs, wiping out years of gains since the last big economic crisis, the Great Recession.

To put that number in perspective, it’s 13% of all adults in the workforce. Many of the jobs lost have been in non-essential industries that are closed down, such as tourism, entertainment and dining, but even businesses that remain open have been hit hard by the shock to the economy and have laid off employees. Some cities’ jobs have weathered the storm better than others, though.

In order to identify where workers have been most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the financial website WalletHub compared 180 cities based on increases in unemployment, using  data to rank the most impacted cities by comparing the rise in unemployment during the latest month for which we have data (March 2020) to March 2019 and January 2020.

Not surprisinglly, the numbers for southern Nevada were harsh, as three communities - Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson - rank in the top six.

North Las Vegas ranked #3, Henderson #5, Las Vegas #6

WalletHub actually has found two other communities thsat their numbers indicate have suffered a higher percentage of job loss: Seattle earned the dubious top spot on the list, while Hialeah, Florida (a Miami suburb) came in second.

Rounding out the Top 10: Aurora and Denver, Colorado, Cleveland, and Colorado Springs.

Reno finished 11th.

For a look at the full WalletHub study, just click here.