Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Nevada

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July 8, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Nevada

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of June of this year, national unemployment is at 3.5%, 0.1% lower than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.9% in New Mexico and 5.5% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Nevada using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in June 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#17. White Pine County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 4,576 (131 unemployed)
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#16. Esmeralda County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 402 (12 unemployed)
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#15. Eureka County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: +0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 966 (29 unemployed)
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#14. Humboldt County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 7,847 (247 unemployed)
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#13. Elko County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 25,681 (820 unemployed)

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#12. Lander County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 3,069 (99 unemployed)
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#11. Washoe County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 254,381 (8,393 unemployed)
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#10. Churchill County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 11,071 (378 unemployed)
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#9. Mineral County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 2,055 (74 unemployed)
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#8. Carson City

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 25,678 (956 unemployed)

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#7. Lincoln County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.9%
--- 1 year change: +0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 2,138 (83 unemployed)
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#6. Douglas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 21,974 (859 unemployed)
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#5. Pershing County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 2,422 (95 unemployed)
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#4. Storey County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 2,082 (86 unemployed)
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#3. Lyon County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 23,580 (1,063 unemployed)

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#2. Nye County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 17,382 (940 unemployed)
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#1. Clark County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.4%
-Total Labor Force: 1,122,038 (64,089 unemployed)

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