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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 September 2019 to 4.3%. 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 9.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in May 2019, 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 September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
Nevada 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Las Vegas 4.3% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2019 data as October 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 137,862. There are now 89,617 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 46,066 in May 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,179. Las Vegas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Vegas, Nevada) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Vegas 48,245 -383 -3,407

Number of Unemployed Persons

Las Vegas, Nevada Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nevada
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployed
October
2019
3.6%
September
2019
3.5% 4.1% 4.3% 48,245
August
2019
3.7% 4.1% 4.3% 48,628
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 4.3% 47,913
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.2% 46,980
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 4.1% 46,066
April
2019
3.6% 4.0% 4.2% 46,409
March
2019
3.8% 4.2% 4.3% 48,052
February
2019
3.8% 4.3% 4.5% 49,992
January
2019
4.0% 4.4% 4.6% 51,068
December
2018
3.9% 4.4% 4.6% 51,481
November
2018
3.7% 4.4% 4.6% 51,439

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.