Nevada ranks 33rd in report on best states to work

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Nevada isn’t the worst place to work in the U.S.

But it’s not the best, either.

Oxfam America recently released a report ranking “The Best and Worst States to Work in America.” Nevada came in 33rd. That was one spot better than Wyoming, and one spot worse than Arkansas.

The criteria were state polices on “wages, worker protections, and right to organize.”

The District of Columbia, California and Washington had the highest overall scores. Alabama, Mississippi and Virginia had the lowest.

A measure was enacted in Nevada this year to begin raising the minimum wage in increments to $12 by 2025. But the first 75 cent increase won’t take effect until next July, so as of now Nevada has the same tiered minimum wage system it’s had for more than a decade: $7.25 for employees who are offered health care benefits, and $8.25 for employees who aren’t.

Nevada’s ranking presumably would have been lower, except Oxfam used the $8.25 wage.

Nevada’s ranking presumably would have been higher if it was one of several states allowing cities and counties to pass their own minimum wage laws — another criteria in the Oxfam America report.

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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