Counties with the highest unemployment in Nevada

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May 3, 2024
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Counties with the highest unemployment in Nevada

While today's unemployment rates are significantly lower than the COVID-19 pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, the fear of job losses remains as workers stare down an uncertain economic future.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rates in Nevada using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Counties are ranked by their preliminary unemployment rate in March 2024, with initial ties broken by the number of unemployed people within that county, though some ties may remain. County-level unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Experts have mixed views of a potential recession. The return of student loan payments, continually high gas prices, persistent inflation, and insurance price escalations are just a few of the factors that could limit consumer spending and potentially prompt another recession.

The last economic recession before the pandemic—the Great Recession of 2007-09—sent unemployment rates up to 10% as of October 2009, and a full recovery took years.

But as of April 2024, the national unemployment rate remains relatively low at 3.9%—up slightly from the previous month. Regional and state employment varies widely depending on local economies. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 2% in North Dakota to 5.3% in California.

Read on to see the counties with the highest unemployment in Nevada.

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#17. Lander County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,152 people (114 unemployed)

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#16. White Pine County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,563 people (163 unemployed)

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#15. Elko County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 25,452 people (979 unemployed)

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#14. Humboldt County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 7,642 people (306 unemployed)

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#13. Churchill County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 11,045 people (450 unemployed)

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#12. Washoe County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 265,267 people (11,225 unemployed)

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#11. Eureka County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 1.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 957 people (42 unemployed)

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#10. Storey County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.4%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,157 people (95 unemployed)

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#9. Douglas County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 22,486 people (1,037 unemployed)

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#8. Lincoln County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1,979 people (93 unemployed)

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#7. Carson City

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.8%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 26,022 people (1,243 unemployed)

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#6. Clark County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1.2 million people (61,180 unemployed)

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#5. Pershing County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,310 people (119 unemployed)

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#4. Esmeralda County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 2.9 percentage points
- Total labor force: 477 people (28 unemployed)

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#3. Mineral County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 6.0%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1,531 people (92 unemployed)

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#2. Lyon County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 6.1%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 23,257 people (1,429 unemployed)

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#1. Nye County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 6.4%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 18,618 people (1,184 unemployed)

This story features data reporting by Paxtyn Merten and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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