Nevada added 6,300 jobs in February, just over half of which came from the recreation and hospitality sector, state officials said Thursday, a sign that the state’s economy continues to recover. recovering from the sudden economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic almost two years ago.
The state’s unemployment rate last month was 5.1%, down 0.1 percentage points from January and 4.7 percentage points from a year ago, according to statistics from the Ministry of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. The recreation and hospitality industry created 3,400 jobs statewide.
“It’s promising to see the latest numbers in the February economic report, particularly the continued rebound in job growth in Nevada,” Governor Steve Sisolak said in the press release. “It’s great to see the progress being made in recreation and hospitality, our state’s hardest hit industry. Across all state agencies, we are focused on creating more economic opportunity. for the people of Nevada.”
The rate is higher than the national unemployment rate of 3.8%. Officials noted that total employment is still below typical levels.
In the Las Vegas area, there has been a 12.6% increase in jobs since February 2021, or about 116,400 jobs, after seasonal adjustment, according to the department. The Reno area has added about 10,000 jobs, or 4.1%, since the same time and Carson City has added 900 jobs, or 3%.
David Schmidt, DETR’s chief economist, said the state’s growth in February was driven by the Las Vegas area.
“The state’s labor market continues to recover as we emerge from the COVID recession, especially in industries that have been hardest hit by the pandemic,” he said in the statement.