Taxable retail sales in Elko County continued a positive 2018 trend in June 2018 as the trailing 12-month total climbed 3.1 percent higher than the prior year. June marked the sixth straight month of year-over-year increases in the trailing 12-month total after 13 consecutive months of decline in the measure, including all of 2017. Growth in the Elko County mining sector has been particularly strong, as sales related to mining and mining support have increased by 14.4 percent over the same timeframe. Elko County’s mining sales growth stands in contrast to Nevada’s performance in the sector, as the statewide trailing 12-month total declined 7.6 percent from last year.

Elko County has also outperformed Nevada over the past year in casino gaming revenue growth. Over the 12 months through July 2018, Elko County gaming revenue increased by 6.5 percent from the prior year, while statewide gaming revenue grew by 3.4 percent. The growth rate of 6.5 percent is slightly lower than earlier in the year but, 2018 excluded, remains higher than at any point since early 2008.

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