Secrets of the Job Hunt


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Nevada Jobs

Although the state has seen an increasing unemployment rate and has continued to lose workers, there are still many opportunities to find Nevada jobs.

During July, the State of Nevada saw its unemployment rate increase from 11.9 percent to 12.5 percent, which was higher than the national unemployment rate at the time of 9.4 percent. The state hasn't seen its unemployment rate decrease since December 2005, when it went from 4.3 percent to 4.2 percent.

Nevada had a total non-farm employment of 1,187,300 workers during July, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 1,193,000 workers during June and a 6.4 percent decrease from last year.

While those statistics might not sound the most promising, there are several places to look for jobs in Nevada. For instance, the state is home to nine Fortune 500 companies, seven in Las Vegas and two in Reno.

The Fortune 500 companies in Reno include International Game Technology and Amerco. The Fortune 500 companies in Las Vegas include:

  • Harrah's Entertainment
  • MGM Mirage
  • Las Vegas Sands
  • NV Energy
  • Wynn Resorts
  • Southwest Gas
  • Boyd Gaming

In 2007, the Bureau of Economic Analysis found Nevada to have a total state product of $127 billion. That being said, where you live in Nevada also can make a difference as to what type of jobs you will find in the area.

The state had a per capita personal income of $39,853 during 2007, ranking it 16th in the nation. The 10 richest places in Nevada, based on per capita income, include:
  • Incline Village-Crystal Bay
  • Kingsbury
  • Mount Charleston
  • Verdi-Mogul
  • Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Village
  • Summerlin South
  • Blue Diamond
  • Minden
  • Boulder City
  • Spanish Springs

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