According to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, jobs included 6,000 jobs in retail, 2,500 in construction, 5,800 in hospitality and 4,300 in professional and business services including the growing technology industry.

With the opening of The Linq Promenade by Caesars Entertainment, an open-air dining, entertainment and shopping district encompassing 300,000 square feet, the project employed about 3,000 construction workers and created 1,500 permanent jobs.

Malaysia-based Genting Group is scheduled to begin construction on its 87-acre Resorts World Las Vegas and the company anticipates that it will need to fill thousands of positions beginning with construction along with positions in the hospitality industry.

The Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas reported the Construction Index for Clark County rose in March and April, resulting in an increase in residential housing and commercial building permits. Statistics also show that employment in construction is the highest since 2010.

On June 25, Brookings Mountain West (a collaboration of UNLV and the Brookings Institution think tank) released its report about the first quarter showing a 1.4 percent increase in jobs in Las Vegas, considered one of the strongest quarterly performances among metropolitan areas.

With a tourist-based economy and an increase in jobs, one still does not have to settle for a entry-level or service industry position if willing to invest time in obtaining a higher education.

“For me, getting an M.B.A. is the best return on an investment I ever had in my life. I reflect on where my life was before and after I got my M.B.A. and it has been fantastic personally for me,” stated John Lennon, president of Xyience.

Darlin (Darlene) Delgado, principal of Clark County School District’s Virtual High School and Academy for Individualized Study, agrees. “We must continue growing and developing professionally and keep up with our craft. It is part of our obligation since we are learning for life.”

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on


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