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Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Las Vegas fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2018 to 4.7%. 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 September 2010 at 14.0% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in July 2018, 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 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% -0.2 -0.5
Nevada 4.5% 0.0 -0.4
Las Vegas 4.7% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2018 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 138,170. There are now 86,147 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 49,869 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,154. Las Vegas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Vegas, Nevada) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Vegas 52,023 -870 -3,178

Number of Unemployed Persons

Las Vegas, Nevada Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nevada
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployed
October
2018
3.7% 4.4%
September
2018
3.7% 4.5% 4.7% 52,023
August
2018
3.9% 4.5% 4.8% 52,893
July
2018
3.9% 4.6% 4.5% 49,869
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 4.6% 50,030
May
2018
3.8% 4.8% 4.7% 51,533
April
2018
3.9% 4.9% 5.1% 56,319
March
2018
4.1% 4.9% 5.2% 56,956
February
2018
4.1% 4.9% 5.2% 56,724
January
2018
4.1% 4.9% 5.2% 55,975
December
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.1% 54,979
November
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.1% 54,842

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.