Secrets of the Job Hunt


Monday, October 19, 2009

Where to Find Jobs in Las Vegas

Although the city known for its gambling and entertainment has fallen on hard times as of late, there are many opportunities to find jobs in Las Vegas.

During August, the Las Vegas-Paradise area saw its unemployment rate increase from 13.1 percent to 13.4 percent, which was significantly higher than the national unemployment rate at the time of 9.7 percent.

The area had a total non-farm employment of 846,900 workers during August, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 851,800 workers during July and a 6.7 percent decrease from last year.

Despite the bleak statistics, there are still many viable places in Las Vegas to look for jobs. The State of Nevada itself is home to nine Fortune 500 companies, seven of which are in Las Vegas. Those companies include:

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

The other two Fortune 500 companies - International Game Technology and Amerco - are located in nearby Reno.

Aside from gambling and entertainment, Las Vegas - which is home to 558,383 people - is known for its tourism, conventions, retail and dining. The city also has strong government and education industries.

Whether looking for a teaching job or to further your own education, the Las Vegas area has a lot to offer. The area is home to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the University of Nevada Medical School; the University of Phoenix; Nevada State College; Touro University Nevada; the College of Southern Nevada; Devry University; the Keller Graduate School of Management; the University of Southern Nevada; Apollo College; National University; and ITT Technical Institute.

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