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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 February 2017 to 5.1%. 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 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in January 2017, 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 February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Nevada 4.9% -0.1 -1.2
Las Vegas 5.1% +0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 84,834 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 51,571 in January 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,892. Las Vegas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Vegas, Nevada) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Vegas 53,463 +1,892 -6,224

Number of Unemployed Persons

Las Vegas, Nevada Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nevada
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 4.8%
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 5.1% 53,463
January
2017
4.8% 5.0% 4.9% 51,571
December
2016
4.7% 5.1% 5.1% 53,980
November
2016
4.6% 5.2% 5.3% 55,783
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 5.5% 58,049
September
2016
4.9% 5.4% 5.5% 58,182
August
2016
4.9% 5.5% 6.0% 63,633
July
2016
4.9% 5.6% 6.5% 69,132
June
2016
4.9% 5.7% 6.8% 71,598
May
2016
4.7% 5.8% 6.5% 69,053
April
2016
5.0% 5.9% 6.2% 65,314

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.