As the area's unemployment rate continued to climb, Las Vegas teaching jobs and healthcare jobs were the only that managed to increase over the year during February.
During February, the Las Vegas-Paradise area's unemployment rate increased from 13.8 percent to 13.9 percent, following an increase from 13.1 percent during January. The latest increase keeps the area's rate above the national average of 9.7 percent.
The Las Vegas area had a total non-farm employment of 799,700 workers during February, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 792,300 workers during January, but a 5.9 percent decrease from last year.
Six industries managed to see a monthly increase in employment, including: information by 100 jobs; professional and business services by 2,300 jobs; education and health services by 1,600 jobs; leisure and hospitality by 2,500 jobs; other services by 100 jobs; and government by 2,000 jobs.
Employment in the mining and logging and manufacturing industries remained even over the month with 200 jobs and 20,200 jobs, respectively.
The education and health services industry was the only one that saw a yearly increase in employment. The industry employed 69,900 workers during February, up from 68,300 workers during January and a 4.5 percent increase from last year.
The mining and logging industry took the biggest hit over the year, losing 33.3 percent of its workforce between February 2009 and February 2010.
Other industries that saw an over-the-year decrease in employment include:
- Construction by 30.9 percent
- Manufacturing by 9.4 percent
- Trade, transportation and utilities by 6.1 percent
- Information by 8.1 percent
- Financial activities by 6.6 percent
- Professional and business services by 1 percent
- Leisure and hospitality by 3.6 percent
- Other services by .4 percent
- Government by 5.1 percent