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Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Las Vegas rose 0.2 percentage points in March 2016 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Nevada rate. The unemployment rate in Las Vegas peaked in October 2010 at 14.0% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Las Vegas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Nevada 5.8% -0.1 -1.1
Las Vegas 5.9% +0.2 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Las Vegas, Nevada, National

Las Vegas, Nevada monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Las Vegas, Nevada Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Las Vegas peaked in November 2010 at 138,297. There are now 76,389 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 59,687 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,221. Las Vegas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Vegas, Nevada) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Vegas 61,908 +2,221 -11,643

Number of Unemployed Persons

Las Vegas, Nevada Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nevada
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 5.8%
March
2016
5.0% 5.8% 5.9% 61,908
February
2016
4.9% 5.9% 5.7% 59,687
January
2016
4.9% 6.2% 6.3% 65,624
December
2015
5.0% 6.3% 6.3% 65,940
November
2015
5.0% 6.4% 6.4% 67,292
October
2015
5.0% 6.5% 6.5% 68,606
September
2015
5.1% 6.6% 6.6% 69,700
August
2015
5.1% 6.6% 6.7% 70,633
July
2015
5.3% 6.7% 6.8% 71,611
June
2015
5.3% 6.8% 6.9% 72,276
May
2015
5.5% 6.8% 6.9% 72,720

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.