The Nevada economy continues to make progress on the road to economic recovery. Labor markets in the state’s two urbanized areas improved notably over the past 12 months as Nevadans returned to work. The statewide job gains brought a number of sectors within striking distance of their pre-pandemic employment counts, with some industries surpassing pre-pandemic levels.

 Employment conditions in Southern Nevada improved rapidly over the past year, with nearly two out of three returning jobs coming from the leisure and hospitality sector and the trade, transportation and utilities industries. Total employment rose from 879,900 in August 2020 to 965,300 in August 2021, a 9.7 percent annual increase. Leisure and hospitality employment saw the largest annual increase, adding 36,900 new positions for an annual growth rate of 19.3 percent. Returning jobs brought the sector’s employment total to 228,000. The trade, transportation and utilities sector reported the second largest increase after gaining 20,400 jobs. By the end of August 2021, there were 200,000 workers in the trade, transportation and utilities sector, nearly 11.4 percent more than the previous August.

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