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Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Las Vegas fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Nevada rate. The unemployment rate in Las Vegas peaked in October 2010 at 14.0% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Las Vegas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Nevada 6.4% -0.1 -0.6
Las Vegas 6.3% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 138,503. There are now 72,747 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Las Vegas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Vegas, Nevada) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Vegas 65,756 -2,328 -6,681

Number of Unemployed Persons

Las Vegas, Nevada Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nevada
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 6.4% 6.3% 65,756
November
2015
5.0% 6.5% 6.5% 68,084
October
2015
5.0% 6.6% 6.5% 68,216
September
2015
5.1% 6.7% 6.7% 70,830
August
2015
5.1% 6.8% 6.9% 72,723
July
2015
5.3% 6.8% 6.8% 72,018
June
2015
5.3% 6.9% 6.9% 71,804
May
2015
5.5% 7.0% 6.9% 71,959
April
2015
5.4% 7.1% 7.3% 75,396
March
2015
5.5% 7.1% 7.2% 73,971
February
2015
5.5% 7.1% 7.2% 73,874

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.