LV metro area job growth is nation’s 2nd highest; wage growth isn’t

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From July 2017 to July 2018, employment in the Las Vegas metro area grew 3.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment grew faster in only one U.S. metro area, Orlando, at 4.3 percent. Raleigh, North Carolina’s 3.9 percent employment growth tied that of Las Vegas.

Employment growth notwithstanding, average earnings aren’t keeping up with inflation. July-to-July average weekly earnings, in the Las Vegas area rose 2.6 percent, while the national consumer price index rose 2.9 percent over the same period; in western states, the CPI rose 3.6 percent.

Nationally, real earnings — seasonally adjusted and counting inflation — fell 0.4 percent from July to July.

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.

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