According to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s July 2019 economic report, statewide, jobs increased by 3.1 percent, a gain of 43,400 new jobs added since July last year. This is the fastest growth rate in the nation for the tenth month in a row.
Unemployment in the metro areas continued to fall when compared to July 2018, and fell or remained constant when compared to June. On a county level, decreases in unemployment were seen in ten counties with increases in five counties, and the remaining two staying constant all compared to July. Since June, six counties saw decreases in unemployment, three remained constant, and eight counties had increases in unemployment. Unemployment in some cities showed increases compared to last year of 0.1 percent. Changes since June were more mixed with Boulder and Elko increasing, Mesquite remaining constant, and Fernley decreasing.
“On a whole, the Silver State economy continues to grow with the number of jobs increasing in the metro areas, and unemployment continuing to decline in these areas as well. Unemployment in our counties was more mixed, but overall the rates remain low. These indicators all point to the Nevada economy continuing to grow with new opportunities for employment,” said David Schmidt, Chief Economist, for Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation.
Increases in unemployment were seen in Elko, Humboldt, Lincoln, Eureka, and Pershing counties over the year. Over the month, decreases in unemployment were seen in Douglas, Mineral, Carson City, White Pine, Pershing and Clark counties.
Eureka has the lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, and Nye had the highest rate at 5.8 percent.