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Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Las Vegas fell 0.8 percentage points in January 2021 to 9.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Nevada rate. The unemployment rate in Las Vegas peaked in April 2020 at 34.2% and is now 24.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Las Vegas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Nevada 8.5% +0.3 +4.8
Las Vegas 9.7% -0.8 +5.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 April 2020 at 358,476. There are now 251,763 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 January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Vegas 106,713 -6,748 +63,785

Number of Unemployed Persons

Las Vegas, Nevada Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nevada
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.3%
January
2021
6.3% 8.5% 9.7% 106,713
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 10.5% 113,461
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 12.0% 130,014
October
2020
6.9% 12.0% 13.9% 156,440
September
2020
7.8% 13.0% 14.5% 164,600
August
2020
8.4% 14.5% 15.6% 169,878
July
2020
10.2% 16.6% 16.5% 179,225
June
2020
11.1% 15.4% 17.7% 194,552
May
2020
13.3% 24.5% 29.1% 294,123
April
2020
14.8% 29.5% 34.2% 358,476

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.