Economic Development

Washoe County Labor

Employment

Year Labor Force Employed Unemployed Unemployment
Rate (Local)
Nov 2016 234,225 224,405 9,820 4.2
2015 227,030 212,689 14,341 6.3
2014 222,613 206,059 16,554 7.4
2013 221,911 201,061 20,850 9.4
2012 221,478 197,043 24,435 11.0

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

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Total Non-Farm

Reno MSA Number of Employed % Job Growth
Nov 2016 224,405 3.1
2015 204,300 1.0
2014 202,200 3.0
2013 196,400 2.9
2012 190,800 0.9

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 202,147 67,018 33.2 43,765 21.7 53,308 26.4
2013 202,612 67,069 33.1 43,427 21.4 54,346 26.8
2012 203,151 65,987 32.5 43,066 21.2 55,542 27.3
2011 205,272 67,096 32.7 42,636 20.8 55,179 26.9
2010 206,736 66,037 31.9 40,884 19.8 56,662 27.4
Year  Employed
Population 16 +
Natural Resources, Construction
& Maintenance Occupations
Production, Transportation &
Material Moving Occupations
# % # %
2014 202,147 15,478 7.7 22,578 11.2
2013 202,612 15,618 7.7 22,152 10.9
2012 203,151 16,298 8.0 22,258 11.0
2011 205,272 18,344 8.9 22,017 10.7
2010 206,736 20,838 10.1 22,315 10.8

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 202,147 160,317 79.3 29,997 14.8 11,656 5.8 177 0.1
2013 202,612 159,740 78.8 31,106 15.4 11,622 5.7 144 0.1
2012 203,151 161,244 79.4 30,291 14.9 11,408 5.6 208 0.1
2011 205,272 164,395 80.1 29,414 14.3 11,277 5.5 186 0.1
2010 206,736 166,418 80.5 28,697 13.9 11,415 5.5 206 0.1

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

Industry
Industry  2011 2012 2013 2014
# % # % # % # %
Employed Population 16+ 205,272   203,151   202,612   202,147  
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting & Mining
1,892 0.9 1,877 0.9 2,324 1.1 2,174 1.1
Construction
15,594 7.6 13,600 6.7 13,290 6.6 13,020 6.4
Manufacturing
13,903 6.8 13,699 6.7 15,108 7.5 14,095 7.0
Wholesale Trade
6,940 3.4 6,863 3.4 6,649 3.3 6,737 3.3
Retail Trade
25,419 12.4 25,797 12.7 22,513 11.1 23,945 11.8
Transportation & Public Utilities
11,919 5.8 11,791 5.8 10,913 5.4 10,829 5.4
Information
4,002 1.9 3,794 1.9 3,818 1.9 3,620 1.8
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate (Rental & Leasing)
12,628 6.2 12,235 6.0 11,648 5.7 12,105 6.0
Professional (Scientific & Management), Administrative & Waste Management Services
22,047 10.7 22,284 11.0 23,610 11.7 22,519 11.1
Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
38,960 19.0 37,967 18.7 39,744 19.6 39,368 19.5
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Accomodation & Food Services
33,321 16.2 33,152 16.3 32,311 15.9 33,274 16.5
Other Services (except Public Administration)
8,362 4.1 9,236 4.5 10,140 5.0 10,029 5.0
Public Administration
10,285 5.0 10,856 5.3 10,544 5.2 10,432 5.2

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
11 1,116  
Mining, Quarrying, Oil & Gas Extraction
62 74,133 434
Utilities
22    
Construction
1,046 399,099 7,784
Manufacturing
414 711,693 12,669
Wholesale Trade
652 462,174 9,283
Retail Trade
1,422 586,105 21,721
Transportation & Warehousing
377 368,664 9,189
Information
223 216,549 3,526
Finance & Insurance
723 368,751 6,248
Real Estate, Rental Leasing
661 115,051 3,185
Professional, Scientific, Technical Services
1,621 546,124 9,197
Management of Companies & Enterprises
97 119,432 1,189
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation Services
777 489,357 14,045
Educational Services
133 53,745 1,937
Health Care & Social Assistance
1,191 1,096,781 22,331
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
196 93,567 4,364
Accommodation & Food Services
1,007 608,672 29,174
Other Services (except Public Administration)
886 174,737 6,089

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. 

Union Information (Reno-Sparks, NV)
Sector Obs Employment Members Covered %Mem %Cov
Total 436 206,244 22,263 24,577 10.8 11.9
Private 374 178,540 10,419 10,921 5.8 6.1
Public 62 27,705 11,844 13,656 42.8 49.3

Source: Union Membership and Coverage Database, 2013
Obs=CPS sample size, Employment=wage and salary employment, Members=employed workers who are union members, Covered=workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement, %Mem=percent of employed workers who are union members, and %Cov=percent of employed workers who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Major Unions in Washoe County
Union Name Local #'s Location(s)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 368 Reno
American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 0
Local 5718
Reno
Sparks
Building & Construction Trades Department (BCTD) Local 0 Sparks
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) Local 0
Local 800
Reno
Sparks
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America (CJA) Local 971 Reno
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 0
Local 363
Reno
Reno
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 401 Reno
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 533 Reno
The International Union of Painters & Allied Trades Home (IUPAT) Local 567
Sparks
Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 0
Local 169
Reno
Reno
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Local 709
Local 2778
Reno
Sparks
National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) Local 0 Reno
National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) Local 38 Reno
Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Union (PPF/UA) Local 350 Sparks
National Rural Letter Carrier's Association (RLCA) Local 48 Reno
Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMW) Local 26
Local 0
Sparks
Sparks
United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2162 Reno
United Government Security Officers of America (UGSOA) Local 76 Reno
United Transportation Union (UTU) Local 1043 Reno

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

Return to TopHealthcare Information

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
Washoe County 21.3 4.2

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 # % # %
412,844 205,455 202,860 415,439 2,595 0.6 191,063 46.3 1.01

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 Washoe County takes 21 minutes. 78% of commuters drive their own car alone. 11% carpool with others. 3% take mass transit and 4% work from home.

Commute Time Percentage (%)
Less than 5 minutes 3.2
6 to 9 minutes 9.9
10 to 14 minutes 18.2
15 to 19 minutes 21.8
20 to 24 minutes 19.1
25 to 29 minutes 5.8
30 to 34 minutes 10.5
35 to 39 minutes 1.6
40 to 44 minutes 1.9
45 to 59 minutes 3.9
60 to 89 minutes 2.6
Greater than 90 minutes 1.7

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 Reno-Sparks MSA*

Job Title Est. Employment Mean Wage Annual Average
Total All Occupations 204,510 $21.35 $44,410
Management Occupations $11,870 $47.89 $99,620
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 8,010 $32.30 $67,190
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 3,480 $35.11 $73,020
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2,260 $35.48 $73,790
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 2,790 $29.66 $61,690
Community and Social Services Occupations 2,480 $24.29 $50,530
Legal Occupations 1,300 $44.97 $93,530
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 10,830 $23.64 $49,180
Art, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 2,750 $23.67 $49,240
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 10,000 $41.53 $86,370
Healthcare Support Occupations 4,180 $15.18 $31,570
Protective Service Occupations 4,280 $20.98 $43,640
Food Preparation and Serving-Related Occupations 21,580 $10.69 $22,230
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 8,670 $11.72 $24,380
Personal Care and Service Occupations 8,620 $11.76 $24,470
Sales and Related Occupations 20,700 $17.14 $35,650
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 34,800 $17.24 $35,850
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 150 $15.29 $31,800
Construction and Extraction Occupations 10,290 $22.13 $46,040
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 8,550 $21.46 $44,630
Production Occupations 10,320 $15.95 $33,170
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 16,610 $16.81 $34,970

Source: Department of Training, Rehabilitation, and Employment (DETR), 2016 Wages

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