Nevada ranks as fifth most golfy state, sort of

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little white ballNevada has the fifth-highest golf industry location quotient in the U.S., the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced this week.

Right. What’s that mean?

“Location quotient” the BLS says, is “the ratio of an industry’s share of statewide employment to its national share. A location quotient greater than 1 means the industry share of statewide employment is higher than the national share.”

Put another way — the way the labor market research firm Emsi puts it, to be specific — location quotient “is basically a way of quantifying how concentrated a particular industry, cluster, occupation, or demographic group is in a region as compared to the nation. It can reveal what makes a particular region ‘unique’ in comparison to the national average.”

Put yet another way — the way researchers at the University of Nevada Reno put it, to be specific, “It is a popular way to measure industry concentration.”

Nevada’s 83 golf courses employ nearly 4,000 people, providing the state with a location quotient (LQ, in wonk lingo) of 1.39.

Florida, Hawaii and South Carolina are the golfiest states of all, each with an LQ in excess of 2.

Vermont and North Dakota are the least golfiest states. Well, by location quotient, anyway.

By the way, those aforementioned UNR researchers found that the highest location quotient for Nevada, at least for major industry sectors, was … wait for it … you’re not going to believe this … “Leisure and Hospitality,” at a whopping 2.45. Yes, most surprising.

And the smallest LQ in Nevada, weighing in at teensy .57, was “Information.”

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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