Economic Development

Elko County Labor

Employment

Year Labor Force Employed Unemployed Unemployment
Rate (Local)
Nov 2016 26,962 25,927 1,035 3.8
2015 27,546 26,125 1,421 5.2
2014 28,175 26,631 1,544 5.5
2013        
2012 29,245 27,393 1,852 6.3

Source: Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR)

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Occupation
Year  Employed
Population 16 +
Management, Professional
& Related Occupations
Service Occupations Sales & Office Occupations
# % # % # %
2014 25,436 6,547 25.7 5,420 21.3 5,149 20.2
2013 24,903 6,137 24.6 5,467 22.0 5,269 21.2
2012 24,683 6,202 25.1 5,789 23.5 4,709 19.1
2011 24,236 6,406 26.4 5,484 22.6 4,439 18.3
2010 24,256 6,077 25.1 5,801 23.9 4,239 17.5
Year  Employed
Population 16 +
Natural Resources, Construction
& Maintenance Occupations
Production, Transportation &
Material Moving Occupations
# % # %
2014 25,436 5,692 22.4 2,628 10.3
2013 24,903 5,795 23.3 2,235 9.0
2012 24,683 5,372 21.8 2,611 10.6
2011 24,236 5,252 21.7 2,655 11.0
2010 24,256 5,263 21.7 2,876 11.9

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Selected Economic Characteristics

Class of Worker
Year  Employed
Population 16 +
Private Wage &
Salary Workers
Government
Workers
Self-Employed Workers
(In Own Not Incorporated Business)
Unpaid
Family Workers
# % # % # % # %
2014 25,436 21,030 82.7 3,439 13.5 910 3.6 57 0.2
2013 24,903 20,562 82.6 3,626 14.6 695 2.8 20 0.1
2012 24,683 19,805 80.2 3,898 15.8 964 3.9 16 0.1
2011 24,236 19,069 80.2 3,898 15.8 964 3.9 16 0.1
2010 24,256 19,164 79.0 4,009 16.5 1,083 4.5 0 0.0

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Selected Economic Characteristics

Industry
Industry  2011 2012 2013 2014
# % # % # % # %
Employed Population 16+ 24,236   24,683   24,903   25,436  
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting & Mining
5,776 23.8 5,598 22.7 6,467 26.0 6,473 25.4
Construction
1,866 7.7 1,985 8.0 1,719 6.9 1,833 7.2
Manufacturing
402 1.7 466 1.9 378 1.5 391 1.5
Wholesale Trade
405 1.7 426 1.7 461 1.9 533 2.1
Retail Trade
1,750 7.2 1,741 7.1 1,981 8.0 1,995 7.8
Transportation & Public Utilities
997 4.1 1,077 4.4 1,229 4.9 1,140 4.5
Information
227 0.9 282 1.1 286 1.1 297 1.2
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate (Rental & Leasing)
1,089 4.5 1,049 4.2 907 3.6 912 3.6
Professional (Scientific & Management), Administrative & Waste Management Services
1,076 4.4 1,101 4.5 1,127 4.5 1,293 5.1
Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
3,304 13.6 3,231 13.1 2,942 11.8 3,147 12.4
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Accomodation & Food Services
4,711 19.4 5,174 21.0 4,979 20.0 5,091 20.0
Other Services (except Public Administration)
1,020 4.2 1,005 4.1 842 3.4 995 3.9
Public Administration
1,613 6.7 1,548 6.3 1,585 6.4 1,336 5.3

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, Selected Economic Characteristics

Payroll Costs Industry
Industry  Number of Establishments Annual Payroll ($1,000) Paid Employees Per Pay Period (#)*
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting & Mining
1    
Mining, Quarrying, Oil & Gas Extraction
27 391,135 4,073
Utilities
4    
Construction
106 61,387 1,047
Manufacturing
23 8,370  
Wholesale Trade
61 49,895 721
Retail Trade
162 64,090 2,284
Transportation & Warehousing
48 31,331 731
Information
14 4,352 122
Finance & Insurance
50 15,502 404
Real Estate, Rental Leasing
39 6,847 243
Professional, Scientific, Technical Services
95 26,910 539
Management of Companies & Enterprises
     
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation Services
40 13,853 421
Educational Services
4    
Health Care & Social Assistance
131 61,803 1,538
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
32 10,914 478
Accommodation & Food Services
138 121,061 5,425
Other Services (except Public Administration)
90 31,200 686

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 County Business Patterns

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Right to Work Laws
Nevada is a Right to Work state. Right to Work law secures the right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union. However, employees who work in the railway or airline industries are not protected by a Right to Work law, and employees who work on a federal enclave may not be. 

Major Unions in Nevada
Union Name Local #'s Location(s)
American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 1992 Elko
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) Local 179 Spring Creek
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Local 2862 Elko

Source: Unions.com

Return to TopWorkman's Compensation Insurance

To assist in defining workman's compensation rates within Nevada, you have several options:

  • Use your existing insurance company if they are licensed in Nevada
  • You can be self insured in Nevada
  • Provide us with the following information and we will furnish estimates of workman's compensation insurance rates currently available from over 200 private insurance companies in Nevada.
    1. Class codes per employee
    2. Payroll by class code - Nevada has a PAYROLL CAP whereby wages over $36,000 per employee are not charged for workman's compensation.
    3. Loss experience for the last three (3) years
    4. If your company has an Experience Rate Modifier established, it can be applied to your Nevada exposure.
  • Visit National Council on Compensation Insurance for specific rates.  For instructions on how to use this website, please visit How to Access Workers' Compensation Rates at ncci.com
  • Call the National Council on Compensation Insurance at 1.800.622.4123 for specific rates for your company.

Return to TopNevada Underwriting Environment

  • Mandatory use of NCCI loss costs
  • Companies set their own loss cost multipliers
  • Schedule Rating +/- 25%
  • Payroll capped at $36,000 per employee
  • Underwriting Alternatives - Guaranteed Cost Plan, Retrospective Rating Plan, Deductible Program

Return to TopNevada Claims Environment

  • Pro-Employer State - burden of proof is on the employee
  • Medical Control - care must be provided by physicians in Insurer network
  • Drug Testing - positive drug test can result in claim denial
  • PPD Ratings - based on objective findings
  • VOC Rehab - can be addressed through settlement offering

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Resources

American Academy of Family Physicians
The American Academy of Family Physicians is the national association of family doctors. It is one of the largest national medical organizations, with more than 100,300 members in 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.

HC Pro - Insight for Healthcare Compliance and Management
HCPro, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated information, education, training, and consulting products and services in the vital areas of healthcare regulation and compliance

Nevada Business Group on Health

The Nevada Business Group on Health (formally the Nevada Health Care Coalition), is a non-profit business group of over 60 local employers, anchored by large, self-insured public and private companies. We are a business non-profit 501 (c) (6) organization. To enable health provider contracting and health care purchasing programs, the Nevada Business Group on Health (NVBGH) supports a subsidiary non-profit corporation, Nevada Health Partners (NHP).

Nevada Health Partners

Nevada Health Partners is a nonprofit organization which manages the business affairs of the Nevada Business Group on Health and conducts cost-effective health care provider contracting activities on behalf of member employers in northern Nevada serving over 30,000 lives.

 

Health Plans

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nevada
Anthem offers a variety of products that give you benefit and coverage options to suit your situation and your needs. All of their health plans come with benefits everyone looks for - plus some features you might not expect. For more than three decades, Nevadans have relied on the strength and security of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield names. With coverage from Anthem, you join more than 84 million other Americans who count on Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans for health benefits.

Health Plan of Nevada
As Nevada's oldest, and most experienced health care organization, HPN has provided Nevada with quality health care that is affordable and easy to access, for over 20 years. They are pleased to offer a variety of benefit plans that provide services and solutions designed to match your diverse health care needs. HPN, a subsidiary of Sierra Health Services, Inc., is the largest health maintenance organizations (HMO) in Nevada.

Hometown Health Providers Insurance Company
Hometown Health is a non profit medical service organization that offers health insurance to small businesses with two to fifty employees. From the Web site: "Hometown Health Plan is northern Nevada's oldest, largest and most experienced health maintenance organization (HMO). Locally-owned, it was established in 1988 and operates as a non-profit organization. Hometown Health Plan provides comprehensive benefits to members solely through employer groups."

St. Mary's Health Plans

At Saint Mary’s Health Plans, our broad portfolio of health plan options is designed to seamlessly fit the needs of any group. A good place to start is to determine what is best for your company’s needs and the needs of your employees.

UniCare
UniCare is a national organization dedicated to the delivery of quality health care plans and products working together with its customers, consultants, brokers, providers and employers. Providing managed care and specialty health care services throughout the United States, UniCare Life & Health Insurance Company is an operating affiliate of WellPoint Health Networks Inc. one of the nation's largest publicly traded managed care companies serving the health care needs of more than 13 million members and approximately 42.6 million specialty members. UniCare offers a comprehensive array of health care plans and specialty products that preserve member choice at competitive prices.

 

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Traffic & Commuting Trends

Traffic

  Mean Travel Time To Work % Worked At Home
Elko County 29.9 3.3

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2014

Commuting Trends
Total Resident Population  Total Workers Est. Daytime Population Daytime Population Change Due To Commuting Workers Who Lived & Worked in the Same Area Employment Residence Ratio
Working in Area Living in Area # % # %
47,707 21,993 23,892 45,808 -1,899 -4.0 20,177 42.3 0.92

Total Resident Population: The total number of persons living in the area
Total Workers Working in the Area: The number of workers who reported working in the area regardless of their place of residence.
Total Workers Living in the Area: The number of people living in the area who are workers. Only residence location is reflected in this number.
Estimated Daytime Population: Estimate arrived at by adjusting the total resident populaiton by the number of incommuters and outcommuters to the area.
Daytime Population Change Due to Commuting: The net change in the population due to work travel.
Workers Who Lived & Worked in the Same Area: Shows how many workers who lived in a particular area also worked in that same area.
Eployment Residence Ratio: This is the measure of the total numbe rof workers working in the area relative to the total number of workers living in the area.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2010

 

Commuting Time to Work

The average one-way commute in Elko County takes 29 minutes. 66% of commuters drive their own car alone. 16% carpool with others. 10% take mass transit and 2% work from home.

Commute Time Percentage (%)
Less than 5 minutes 10.2
6 to 9 minutes 19.8
10 to 14 minutes 17.2
15 to 19 minutes 8.5
20 to 24 minutes 7.4
25 to 29 minutes 3.4
30 to 34 minutes 7.3
35 to 39 minutes 1.6
40 to 44 minutes 1.2
45 to 59 minutes 4.7
60 to 89 minutes 9.0
Greater than 90 minutes 9.8

Source: Sperlings Best Places, June 2014

Return to TopWorkforce Development and Vocational Training

Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR)
The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation consists of divisions that offer assistance in job training and placement, vocational rehabilitation, workplace discrimination and in collecting and analyzing workforce and economic data. Many of these services are provided through DETR's partnership with the Nevada JobConnect system.

Nevada JobConnect

Nevada JobConnect is a statewide network that connects businesses with employees, all in one convenient system.

Career Enhancement Program

CEP serves Nevada employers by building a stronger, more skilled work force by placing unemployed Nevadans into training and re-training situations increasing their employability.  The program offers employers the opportunity to enhance their work force with qualified, competent employees -- trained to the employers unique needs.

 

Dream It Do It Nevada

Dream It Do It Nevada is an industry-led, statewide effort to create a highly skilled workforce in Nevada.  With collaboration from the state's employers, Nevada's educational system, workforce development agencies and economic development authorities, Dream It Do It Nevada makes the connection between where you are now and were you are going.

Job Opportunities in Nevada (JOIN)
JOIN offers clients job readiness skills, assists individuals re-entering the workforce by upgrading skills, offers a GED program, and can even provide funding for individuals to take classes or specialized training.

Nevada Career Studio
The Nevada Career Studio offers employers a variety of recruiting options including online job postings and on-campus job & internship fairs, online job postings, panel presentations, and other networking events. Offering externship/job shadowing and internship opportunities to our talented pool of students are also great ways to team up with us.

NevadaWorks
NevadaWorks is the information source for jobs, job training, Workforce Investment Act (WIA), JTPA and one-stops in Northern Nevada. NevadaWorks provides employment opportunities through job training and re-education for the Northern Nevada workforce.

Train Employees Now (TEN)
This program provides short-term, skills based intensive job training to assist new and expanding firms to reach productivity quickly. A customized program is designed covering recruitment, hiring and job training for Nevada residents.

Workforce Development & Continuing Education (WDCE)
Truckee Meadows Community College's Workforce Development and Continuing Education (WDCE) department offers northern Nevada's largest selection of non-credit professional success courses, along with customized training to help your business grow.

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Wages For Nevada - Balance of State North*

Job Title Mean Wage Annual Average
Total All Occupations $23.09 $48,020
Management Occupations $43.00 $89,450
Business and Financial Operations Occupations $31.20 $64,900
Computer and Mathematical Occupations $32.61 $67,820
Architecture and Engineering Occupations $38.26 $79,590
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations $33.42 $69,520
Community and Social Services Occupations $22.27 $46,310
Legal Occupations $40.32 $83,870
Education, Training, and Library Occupations $22.92 $47,670
Art, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations $22.41 $46,610
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations $43.15 $89,750
Healthcare Support Occupations $15.08 $31,360
Protective Service Occupations $22.45 $46,690
Food Preparation and Serving-Related Occupations $10.28 $21,380
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations $11.58 $24,090
Personal Care and Service Occupations $11.57 $24,070
Sales and Related Occupations $14.27 $29,690
Office and Administrative Support Occupations $16.55 $34,420
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations $18.02 $37,480
Construction and Extraction Occupations $27.31 $56,800
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations $28.59 $59,470
Production Occupations $25.19 $52,390
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations $22.12 $46,010

Source: Department of Training, Rehabilitation, and Employment (DETR), 2016 Wages
*Wages specific to this area are not available. The wages listed above are Balance of the State North which include Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing, and White Pine counties.

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