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Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Las Vegas rose 3.1 percentage points in March 2020 to 6.8%. 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 September 2010 at 14.0% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in November 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 3.1 percentage points. You can also compare Las Vegas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Nevada 6.9% +3.3 +2.8
Las Vegas 6.8% +3.1 +2.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April 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 137,872. There are now 59,560 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 41,851 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 36,461. Las Vegas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Vegas, Nevada) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Vegas 78,312 +35,765 +30,633

Number of Unemployed Persons

Las Vegas, Nevada Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nevada
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 28.2%
March
2020
4.4% 6.9% 6.8% 78,312
February
2020
3.5% 3.6% 3.7% 42,547
January
2020
3.6% 3.6% 3.8% 42,928
December
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.7% 41,851
November
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.7% 42,606
October
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.8% 43,496
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.9% 44,451
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 4.0% 45,396
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.1% 46,183
June
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.1% 46,725
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 4.2% 47,086

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.