Nevada’s economy remains one of the fastest-growing in the United States, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the state’s employment growth numbers. The state is approaching eight consecutive years of positive year over- year job creation, which has been a key driver of economic recovery and expansion over that timeframe. That extended trend pushed statewide employment over 1.4 million for the first time in September 2018, and job creation trends suggest Nevada’s place among the nation’s fastest-growing economies will be secure into the foreseeable future.

In the most recent national job data available, Nevada employment increased by 46,900 jobs between October 2017 and October 2018, pushing total employment to a new high of 1.41 million. Those numbers equate to a 3.4 percent year-over-year job growth rate, ranking first among all the states and doubling the national growth rate of 1.7 percent. Nevada’s October 2018 job growth rate extended a streak of ranking among the top five states to 29 consecutive months. During that period, Nevada has ranked first in year-over-year job growth eight times and second 11 times. That consistent trend contributed to the addition of 128,000 jobs over the past three years, a 10.0 percent growth rate that ranks best in the nation.

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