Statewide, seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 3,500 jobs in December compared to November. When compared to November, the Reno metro area saw a seasonal increase in employment of 100 jobs, Carson City increased by 100 jobs, and Las Vegas added 500 jobs.
When compared to December of last year, employment increased in in all three metro areas. Statewide, jobs increased by 1.9 percent a gain of 27,400 new jobs. Las Vegas increased by 24,800 since December 2018. Reno saw the highest growth rate at 9,500 jobs added from the previous year. Carson City added 1,000 jobs, a rate of 3.3 percent. Nevada added 13,200 goods producing industries jobs to payrolls while service-providing industries added 22,5001. In Carson City, 1,000 services providing and goods producing jobs were added relative to last year, the result of adding 900 service-providing jobs while goods producing jobs increased by 100. Reno saw a net increase of 9,500 goods producing and services producing jobs. Las Vegas saw 10,500 goods producing jobs added, and 14,700 service providing jobs added since 2018 for a total of 25,200 goods producing and service providing jobs.
Unemployment rates decreased in all the State’s major population centers on a year-over-year basis. In the Las Vegas MSA, the unemployment rate is at 3.5 percent in December, decreasing from the November rate of 3.7 percent, and down from 4.5 percent in December last year. Reno’s unemployment rate is at 2.6 percent, decreasing from November’s rate of 2.7 percent, and down from 3.4 percent in 2018. Reno is also approaching a previous low of 2.5 percent that was last seen in October 1999. The unemployment rate in Carson City is 3.3 percent, unchanged since November, and decreasing from 4.4 percent December last year.