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Unemployment rate moderately improves; Nevada added jobs in October

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - Employment in Nevada increased over the month by 3,600 jobs as the state continues to recover. With that said, jobs still remain below typical levels -- down by 117,200 compared to October 2019 -- for an annual rate of -8.2%, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s October 2020 economic report. 

The total employment level in the state is 1,305,300. In October, the state’s unemployment rate is 12 percent, down from 12.5 percent in September but up 8.3 percentage points compared to October 2019.

“I’m encouraged to see that employment continues to grow,” said DETR Director Elisa Cafferata​. “It is important that all Nevadans help reduce the spread of COVID so businesses can bring jobs back. DETR is committed to helping Nevadans get back to work.”

DETR’s report also notes that Nevada’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, with a balance of $89.1 million increased during the week ending November 14 as tax contributions were received from businesses. Combined with ​declining claims, this will allow the state to avoid borrowing for a few more weeks. As of November 17, twenty-one states and territories have borrowed $40.7 billion in funds from the federal government to support benefit payments.


“Employment gains continued at a moderate pace again this month as the labor market continues to recover. The unemployment rate has improved for six consecutive months since it reached a record high of 30 percent in April. The rate is down by nearly two thirds from that high, although still over three times larger than in February. Employment has regained 58 percent of the 287,300+ jobs lost from February to April. Although the labor market continues to improve, Nevada remains one of the states most impacted by the COVID pandemic, with our economic outlook dependent on the response to COVID-19 including treatments, policy responses, and public compliance with measures to slow the spread of the disease,” said David Schmidt, Chief Economist for DETR.

Additional October Economic Report Highlights:

  • Nevada jobs are up by (+0.3%), US jobs are up by (+0.5%) from September to October.
  • Construction added the most jobs (2,300) over the month.
  • Management of companies and enterprises (-21.9%) and educational services (-20.6%) are down the most since the same time last year.
  • The unemployment rate in Nevada is higher than the national rate in October and is at 12% on a seasonally adjusted basis and 11.8% on an unadjusted basis; the national rate was 6.9% adjusted and 6.6% unadjusted.
  • Unemployment in October totaled 185,498, up 7,386 from September and up 128,260 from October 2019.

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