Nevada posts second in nation job growth

Nevada posts second in nation job growth
Food service jobs helped to drive an increase in employment in February, primarily in northern Nevada. Image: Eric Marks / This Is Reno

CARSON CITY–Nevada officials this week said the state was second in the nation for job creation since September 2020.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows the state had a 6.6% increase in employment—about 84,100 jobs over the past year. The only state to outpace Nevada is Hawaii, with a 12.6% increase in jobs.

For comparison, other Western states had employment increases ranging from 3.2% (Idaho) to 5.2% (Utah).

“Being one of the hardest hit states by the pandemic, this is great news for the State of Nevada,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “Together, we have launched a safe and responsible reopening plan focused on vaccinating Nevadans, protecting the jobs and strengthening the economy. Our hard work is paying off.”

Nevada’s leisure and hospitality industry had the largest total number of jobs added over the past year—nearly 31,000—to post a 12.5% annual growth rate. Two other sectors, trade, transportations and utilities and professional and business services, also posted large total jobs gains at 18,300 and 17,300 respectively.

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