Las Vegas ties with Cleveland, but not in a nice way

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    red dotOf 51 metro areas with more than a million people, the unemployment rate in November was lowest in the Twin Cities, at 2.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Tied at 51st, with the highest unemployment rates of all the big metro areas, were Cleveland, and Las Vegas (or as the Southern Nevada metro statistical area is called, Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise).

    Nevada officials have celebrated the state’s recovery from the Great Recession, noting that the state’s population and job growth has been among the fastest in the nation in recent months.

    However, local and national economists have also characterized that recovery as a low-wage affair. Additionally, and serving as a drag on wages, Nevada’s “U6” unemployment rate – defined as “total employment, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time for economic reasons,” has stubbornly remained among the nation’s highest.

    Hugh Jackson
    Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

    5 COMMENTS

    1. Its been horrible for years…and when people dont understand how to read statistics…it makes it infuriating! My husband and I went back to school…he got his masters in education and special needs…i got my bs in sociology…and we coukdnt find jobs in these feilds…even with las vegas hiring hundreds of teachers…he wasnt one because of a parking ticket from when he was in the navy 20+years earlier.
      Ended up working as a maintenance tech…got hurt…and have been fighting workmans comp for 2 yrs now.
      He applied for over 1000 jobs…from head of security to shovling poop at pet smart…i went into property management and ive been belittled, lied about and generally underpaid and under appreciated. These idiots that live in … Lalaland…think there are jobs that you can survive on. Amd there just arent many. Im making gross $2000 a month. After taxes…every 2 weeks…$876. Rent, insurance, utilities, gas, food….yeah. Id love to see them live on THAT.

      • Special education in CCSD has been a high-need area for years, and there are shortages right now in special education. A background check would not be flagged by something as trivial as a parking ticket.
        Sorry, but this just can’t possibly be true. Obviously you’re leaving something out of your description.

        • My wife is a school teacher with four years of classroom teaching experience, valid CA and NV credentials, glowing recommendations, etc. and CCSD wouldn’t hire her. They asked her to work as a substitute for a year and gain recommendations from local principals. Their hiring practices seem arbitrary at best.

    2. I truly feel you I have been here 7 years and have had to take whatever jobs I could get like yourself! Yeah it’s jobs but they are low paying, temporary and part time! They act like paying you $10 an hour is a great wage!If you have degrees such as you and your husband they don’t want educated people! They could care less about education!The only thing this city cares about is money!

    3. We (family of 3). Lived in Las Vegas, NV. For 5 years. My spouse, with a college degree BA in psychology, and many units in graduate school could not find internships sites (paid or unpaid). After one year of searching, we bailed out, moved east to the snow.

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