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Business News: Nevada employment level reaches new peak, officials say

By ThisIsReno
Reno Business Weekly

All jobs lost during the COVID-19 pandemic have been filled, and then some, state officials announced last week.

An all-time high of 1,452,600 jobs was noted in the state’s June jobs report. That figure is 3,000 greater than the previous peak in February of 2020 – prior to business closures and lockdowns during the pandemic.

State officials said the increase in new jobs is 6.6% and the state’s unemployment rate is at 4.7% in June, a decrease of less than 3% from the same time last year.

“Nevada’s economy passed another benchmark this month, recovering all of the jobs that were lost during the COVID pandemic, and doing so in a way that has more Nevadans working in better-paying jobs than before the pandemic,” Gov. Steve Sisolak. “Nevada has never had more jobs than we do today, and we will keep working to keep Nevada moving forward.”  

Nevada is ahead of the United States total in recovering lost jobs while also gaining new ones, Sisolak added. 

“The state’s employment recovery is due to the stronger employment gains in other industries, which often pay significantly higher average wages,” the state’s Chief Economist, David Schmidt said.  

The state department of employment also noted both Reno and Las Vegas contributed to the growth in new jobs. 

“Compared to June 2021, total nonfarm employment [in Reno] saw an increase of 10,500 jobs,” said Valentina Bonaparte, public information officer with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

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