The numbers have been tallied. This latest economic briefing provides the first opportunity to evaluate the annual performance measures for Nevada in 2013 and how they compare to the prior year. While a select few performance indicators have yet to be compiled for the month of December 2013, the majority of data points include year-end final figures, and the majority of those suggest 2013 ended the year in a better position than where it started.

From an employment perspective, the year-end report suggests that there were more people working within Nevada businesses in December 2013 than in the same month in 2012 (+21,500 jobs). The annual growth rate of 1.8 percent for the year was primarily driven by stronger hiring activity in the retail sector, the education and health services sector and the government sector. These three areas accounted for 15,800 incremental jobs, or nearly 3 out of 4 new positions in the past year.

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