Nevada’s transition into Phase 2 of the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan in late May was announced as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations trended downward. In the weeks that followed, businesses large and small reopened across the state and once again welcomed customers through their doors. The effects of the reopened economy were evident in key economic indicators for June 2020 as laid off workers returned to their jobs and boosted employment significantly.

Increasing business activity in June 2020 was reflected in positive employment trends across Nevada during the month. The statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate improved significantly, declining from 25.3 percent in May 2020 to 15.0 percent in June 2020. The improvement moved Nevada from having the highest unemployment rate in the nation to the fourth-highest. Nevada’s improvement in unemployment rate equated to the addition of 100,000 jobs in June 2020, an unprecedented gain for a single month. However, those new jobs only partially offset the 280,000 jobs lost through April, and total employment remained 148,000 jobs below February 2020 levels.

The leisure and hospitality sector accounted for a majority of the job gains in June 2020, adding 74,100 positions over the month as many of the state’s major resort casino properties reopened to guests. Leisure and hospitality employment still registered 52,000 fewer jobs than in February 2020. Other notable employment gains were reported by the retail trade sector (+14,400) and professional and business services sector (+10,400).

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