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Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Las Vegas fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2015 to 6.9%. 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 7.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Las Vegas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Nevada 7.0% -0.1 -0.9
Las Vegas 6.9% -0.4 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 66,544 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 May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Vegas 71,959 -3,437 -9,684

Number of Unemployed Persons

Las Vegas, Nevada Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nevada
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployed
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
January
2015
5.7% 7.1% 7.2% 74,025
December
2014
5.6% 7.0% 7.1% 72,437
November
2014
5.8% 7.1% 7.2% 73,688
October
2014
5.7% 7.2% 7.3% 74,465
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 7.3% 75,262
August
2014
6.1% 7.5% 7.5% 76,907
July
2014
6.2% 7.6% 7.7% 78,964
June
2014
6.1% 7.8% 7.9% 80,552

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.