weather icon Clear

Nevada jobless rate highest in U.S. for 2nd straight month

Nevada’s unemployment rate remained the highest in the nation last month, officials said Friday.

The state unemployment rate of 7.7. percent in August matched the rate in July and led the country for the second straight month, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nevada’s June unemployment rate of 7.8 percent trailed only Connecticut and New Mexico at 7.9 percent. The Silver State’s unemployment rate has been at or near the top among 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia since the pandemic took hold nationally in March 2020.

“(Nevada’s rate is) likely to remain one of the highest rates in the nation and reflecting the long road left to a complete recovery in the state’s labor market,” said David Schmidt, chief economist at Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

The next-highest August unemployment rates belonged to California at 7.5 percent and New York at 7.4 percent as the country recovers from the COVID-19 recession. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in August.

Nevada’s unemployment rate decreased by 6.8 percentage points from August 2020 to August 2021 to tie Rhode Island for the second-largest year-over-year drop.

Nevada added nearly 12,000 jobs during August to bring the state’s total jobs to 1.35 million, an increase of 103,000 from August 2020, the state employment department reported. A release said the 11,900 jobs increase in August from July “is near the high end of the COVID recovery period” and was a bigger bump than the 4,800 jobs added in July.

The August data represents a first look at Nevada’s economic response to the COVID-19 delta variant, which poses a threat to the recovery, a release said.

Leisure and hospitality jobs grew by 3,900 workers to lead the sector’s growth in August, followed by construction with 3,000 jobs, according to the employment department. The Las Vegas metropolitan area added about 7,000 jobs in August, while Reno added 900 jobs and Carson City added 300 jobs.

Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Man tried to carjack driver with knife: NCSO

A Pahrump man was arrested Sunday morning after he allegedly tried to stab a motorist with a knife on Highway 160 near McDonald’s, according to reports from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

VEA and CoBank donate $20k to these nonprofits

In the true giving spirit of the holidays, Valley Electric Association and CoBank are spreading the love this season with $20,000 in donations making their way into the coffers of three area nonprofits, bolstering each of the organization’s community-oriented efforts.

Want to see the Silver Tappers Christmas show? There’s a waitlist

The Nevada Silver Tappers and Ms. Senior Golden Years will host their 32nd Annual Christmas Benefit Show and members are excited to report that tickets are in such high demand, “There’s actually a waiting list!”

Holiday fundraiser will help kids get a good night’s sleep

The holiday season is officially underway so it’s a great time for residents to think about how they can help make a difference in the lives of others. One simple way to do just that is attending the 2nd Annual Nye County Sleep in Heavenly Peace Holiday Fundraiser, proceeds from which will go directly to providing beds to children in need.

Former Hollywood Madam’s exotic birds shot — again

So-called former “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss, who owns and operates a tropical bird sanctuary in Pahrump, says two of her prized pet macaws were wounded by BB pellets — again.