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Job seekers in Las Vegas have a few more reasons to be optimistic. The latest job numbers for August show a positive trend for Las Vegas and the state. The unemployment rate for Nevada remained steady at 9.5 percent, with the state reaching a new benchmark in job creation. According to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, Nevada added 11,200 jobs, making August’s numbers the largest monthly gain in eight years.
“I am pleased to see that August brought with it the strongest month-to-month job gain since April 2005,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “After all of the monthly ups and downs, we appear to be on track to add approximately 20,000 jobs in 2013, on top of the combined 30,000 created in 2011 and 2012. While recent evidence suggests that we are headed in the right direction, our stubbornly high unemployment rate illustrates that much room remains for improvement.”
The Las Vegas metro area added 9,600 jobs with the unemployment rate dropping 1.8 percent from same time last year. The government sector added a modest 1,200 jobs while the private sector added over 10,000. The bright light for Nevada’s economy is the strong summer job growth of 7,900 jobs from June to August, the largest increase Nevadans have seen since 2005.
Job growth in Las Vegas continues on an upward trend with the addition of several projects on the Las Vegas Strip including LINQ, SLS Las Vegas, Ganesvoort and Hershey’s Chocolate World. September and October is also the time companies start hiring for seasonal positions.
The Williams Sonoma call center in Summerlin will be adding 600 jobs, with the possibility of some becoming full-time positions. Other companies in Las Vegas planning to hire for the holidays include Kohl’s, the Crate & Barrel Holiday Pop Up Shop at Town Square, Brighton Collectibles, Spreadshirt and JCPenney. Experts encourage workers seeking seasonal jobs to start applying early.
Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.