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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 May 2021 to 8.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Nevada rate. The unemployment rate in Las Vegas peaked in April 2020 at 33.5% and is now 24.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.9% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Las Vegas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Nevada 7.8% -0.2 -16.7
Las Vegas 8.9% 0.0 -19.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 372,223. There are now 272,327 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 99,006 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 890. Las Vegas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Vegas, Nevada) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Vegas 99,896 +527 -200,666

Number of Unemployed Persons

Las Vegas, Nevada Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Nevada
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployment Rate
Las Vegas
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 7.8% 8.9% 99,896
April
2021
6.1% 8.0% 8.9% 99,369
March
2021
6.0% 8.1% 8.9% 99,006
February
2021
6.2% 8.4% 9.1% 100,406
January
2021
6.3% 8.5% 9.3% 102,315
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 9.7% 106,125
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 10.2% 111,738
October
2020
6.9% 12.0% 13.8% 156,423
September
2020
7.8% 13.0% 15.3% 173,405
August
2020
8.4% 14.5% 16.7% 187,606
July
2020
10.2% 16.6% 19.2% 213,545

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.