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Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Las Vegas fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2017 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Nevada rate. The unemployment rate in Las Vegas peaked in October 2010 at 14.0% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in January 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Las Vegas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Nevada 5.0% +0.1 -0.3
Las Vegas 5.2% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2017 data as November 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 82,466 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 51,472 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,359. Las Vegas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Vegas, Nevada) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Vegas 55,831 +349 -1,500

Number of Unemployed Persons

Las Vegas, Nevada Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nevada
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployed
November
2017
4.1%
October
2017
4.1% 5.0% 5.2% 55,831
September
2017
4.2% 4.9% 5.2% 55,482
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.2% 55,234
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.1% 54,422
June
2017
4.4% 4.7% 5.0% 52,526
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.0% 52,983
April
2017
4.4% 4.7% 4.9% 51,614
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 4.9% 51,472
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 5.0% 53,237
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.9% 51,578
December
2016
4.7% 5.1% 5.2% 54,548

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.