The economic recovery in Elko County remained positive in the first quarter of 2021. The county added 366 jobs in March 2021, an increase of 1.3 percent over the month. On an annual basis, the county’s 27,809 jobs for the month were 5.4 percent higher than in March 2020 and marked an all-time high. Elko County’s unemployment rate reflected rising employment trends, decreasing from 3.9 percent to 3.3 percent in March 2021. The county’s unemployment rate remained below the statewide rate of 8.1 percent and was tied for fourth-lowest in the state.

Taxable retail sales in Elko County declined to $118.1 million in February 2021, down 2.5 percent from the prior month and 2.7 percent below February 2020. On a trailing 12-month basis, taxable retail sales reached $1.6 billion, 2.6 percent higher than the prior year.

Gross gaming revenues in Elko County climbed to a record $34.0 million in March 2021, an increase of 34.1 percent over the month and a surge of 130.9 percent over the prior year. The combination of federal stimulus money and pent-up demand likely contributed to the trend. Gaming revenues on a trailing 12-month basis reflected the effects of the pandemic in 2020, with a total of $264.0 million in March 2021 that fell 13.0 percent below the prior year.

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