Economic Development

Nevada Labor

Nevada offers a diversified workforce that is ready and willing to work - consisting of the skilled and educated labor your business needs today, as well as ongoing opportunities to grow your pool of talented workers through excellent universities, communitie colleges and technical institutions.  Our pro-business attitude is exemplified in Nevada's right-to-work legislation.  Nevada's workforce and comprehensive training services can not only fulfill, but exceed the expectations of any employers.

For immediate and specialized demand, Nevada offers customized training, such as the Train Employees Now program that provides an industry-specific employer with skilled labor in less time and at lower costs and the Silver State Works Program that provides incentives for hiring qualified in-state candidates.

Source: Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development

Employment

Year Labor Force Employed Unemployed Unemployment
Rate (Local)
Nov 2016 1,432,478 1,361,084 71,394 5.0
2015 1,420,404 1,323,779 96,625 6.8
2014 1,394,599 1,286,474 108,125 7.8
2013 1,384,463 1,252,326 132,137 9.5
2012 1,378,361 1,224,415 153,946 11.2

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

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Total Non-Farm

Nevada Number of Employed % Job Growth
Nov 2016 1,361,084 1.5
2015 1,233,400 1.5
2014 1,215,300 3.5
2013 1,174,300 2.6
2012 1,144,800 1.7

Source: Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation

Return to TopLabor Force Information

Occupation
Year  Employed
Population 16 +
Management, Professional
& Related Occupations
Service Occupations Sales & Office Occupations
# % # % # %
2014 1,240,614 344,652 27.8 345,082 27.8 322,193 26.0
2013 1,232,016 339,142 27.5 346,004 28.1 317,887 25.8
2012 1,237,659 342,172 27.6 335,591 27.1 323,253 26.1
2011 1,246,387 343,669 27.6 330,837 26.5 325,676 26.1
2010 1,254,163 343,316 27.4 324,844 25.9 327,123 26.1
Year  Employed
Population 16 +
Natural Resources, Construction
& Maintenance Occupations
Production, Transportation &
Material Moving Occupations
# % # %
2014 1,240,614 107,643 8.7 121,044 9.8
2013 1,232,016 108,626 8.8 120,357 9.8
2012 1,237,659 116,781 9.4 119,862 9.7
2011 1,246,387 125,599 10.1 120,606 9.7
2010 1,254,163 136,811 10.9 122,069 9.7

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 1,240,614 1,020,788 82.3 156,223 12.6 62,381 5.0 1,222 0.1
2013 1,232,016 1,014,583 82.4 154,634 12.6 61,852 5.0 947 0.1
2012 1,237,659 1,016,696 82.1 159,312 12.9 60,324 4.9 1,327 0.1
2011 1,246,387 1,028,563 82.5 156,866 12.6 59,295 4.8 1,663 0.1
2010 1,254,163 1,035,934 82.6 155,498 12.4 60,935 4.9 1,796 0.1

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

Industry
Industry  2011 2012 2013 2014
# % # % # % # %
Employed Population 16+ 1,246,387   1,237,659   1,232,016   1,240,614  
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting & Mining
18,980 1.5 18,910 1.5 20,998 1.7 21,372 1.7
Construction
102,463 8.2 90,723 7.3 74,368 6.0 75,361 6.1
Manufacturing
52,734 4.2 51,936 4.2 51,355 4.2 51,165 4.1
Wholesale Trade
28,311 2.3 25,937 2.1 25,133 2.0 26,280 2.1
Retail Trade
144,831 11.6 146,803 11.9 145,413 11.8 146,765 11.8
Transportation, Warehousing & Public Utilities
62,473 5.0 61,360 5.0 61,469 5.0 61,861 5.0
Information
20,756 1.7 20,838 1.7 20,828 1.7 20,948 1.7
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate (Rental & Leasing)
78,171 6.3 73,076 5.9 69,204 5.6 70,711 5.7
Professional (Scientific & Management), Administrative & Waste Management Services
127,789 10.3 128,763 10.4 133,058 10.8 132,924 10.7
Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
185,240 14.9 186,760 15.1 189,201 15.4 193,378 15.6
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Accomodation & Food Services
312,936 25.1 315,964 25.5 322,228 26.2 322,242 26.0
Other Services (except Public Administration)
52,542 4.2 55,709 4.5 58,483 4.7 58,006 4.7
Public Administration
59,161 4.7 60,880 4.9 60,278 4.9 59,601 4.8

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

Alternative Measures of Labor Underutilization (Underemployment)

Western States Comparison

Location  Past Years (%) 2013/14*
2009 2010 2011 2012 % Ranking
United States
16.2 16.7 15.9 14.7 13.4  
Arizona
18.1 18.4 18.0 15.9 16.1 50
California
21.1 22.1 21.1 19.3 16.7 51
Colorado
13.7 15.4 15.1 14.6 12.1 21
Idaho
16.5 16.3 16.1 14.0 11.7 17
Montana
13.5 14.9 15.3 13.7 11.6 16
Nevada
19.2 23.6 22.7 20.3 17.4 52
New Mexico
14.0 15.6 14.7 14.1 13.4 34
Oregon
20.7 20.0 17.5 17.2 15.8 49
Utah
12.9 15.1 13.3 11.2 9.2 7
Washington
16.2 18.4 17.8 16.9 13.3 32
Wyoming
11.3 11.5 10.6 10.0 8.0 4

U-6 - total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers. *Second quarter of 2013 through first quarter of 2014 averages

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Payroll Costs Industry
Industry  Number of Establishments Annual Payroll ($1,000) Paid Employees Per Pay Period (#)*
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting & Mining
49 5,503 100-249
Mining, Quarrying, Oil & Gas Extraction
241 1,026,640 11,484
Utilities
118   5,000-9,999
Construction
4,705 2,449,303 50,140
Manufacturing
1,683 2,011,448 39,277
Wholesale Trade
60,982 5.0 62,482
Retail Trade
8,119 3,463,426 129,067
Transportation & Warehousing
1,400 1,622,591 40,647
Information
1,111 838,620 15,418
Finance & Insurance
3,934 1,811,251 33,486
Real Estate, Rental Leasing
3,788 925,195 24,302
Professional, Scientific, Technical Services
8,089 3,105,557 52,489
Management of Companies & Enterprises
545 1,219,208 13,170
Administrative & Support & Waste Management & Remediation Services
4,001 2,678,327 86,908
Educational Services
636 323,017 9,572
Health Care & Social Assistance
6,235 4,822,117 101,159
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
1,285 885,358 27,964
Accommodation & Food Services
5,719 8,436,904 295,157
Other Services (except Public Administration)
4,156 858,658 30,743

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
Sector Obs Employment Members Covered %Mem %Cov
Total 2,414 1,152,609 168,323 185,467 14.6 16.1
Private 2,084 1,000,341 110,480 118,934 11.0 11.9
Public 330 152,268 57,844 66,532 38.0 43.7
Priv. Construction 127 60,844 14,333 14,333 23.6 23.6
Priv. Manufacturing 102 48,375 2,449 2,449 5.1 5.1

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 Nevada
Union Name Local #'s Location(s)
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3062
Local 1978
Local 1201
Boulder City
Boulder City
Fallon
American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Local 0 Henderson
American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 369
Local 368
Las Vegas
Reno
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1108 Las Vegas
American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 1992
Local 7125
Local 761
Local 7156
Local 0
Local 5718
Local 4636
Elko
Incline Village
Las Vegas
Pahrump
Reno
Sparks
Tonopah
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1637 Las Vegas
International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craft Workers (BAC) Local 13 Las Vegas
Building & Construction Trades Department (BCTD) Local 0
Local 0
Henderson
Sparks
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) Local 766
Local 0
Local 800
Local 229
Henderson
Reno
Sparks
Winnemucca
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWE) Local 85
Local 1020
Local 107
Fernley
Henderson
Wells
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) Local 179 Spring Creek
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America (CJA) Local 1780
Local 1977
Local 1827
Local 971
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Reno
Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 87177
Local 1119
Fallon
Fallon
Unite Here (HERE) Local 227
Local 165
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 720
Local 0
Local 363
Las Vegas
Reno
Reno
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 396
Local 357
Local 401
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Reno
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 995
Local 631
Local 533
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Reno
International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 200 Wellington
The International Union of Painters & Allied Trades Home (IUPAT) Local 2001
Local 15
Local 159
Local 567
Henderson
Henderson
Henderson
Sparks
Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 872
Local 0
Local 169
Las Vegas
Reno
Reno
National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Local 2862
Local 2502
Local 709
Local 2778
Elko
Las Vegas
Reno
Sparks
National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) Local 0
Local 0
Local 0
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Reno
National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) Local 85
Local 38
Las Vegas
Reno
Operative Plasterers' & Cement Masons' International Association (OPCMIA) Local 797 Las Vegas
Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Union (PPF/UA) Local 525
Local 350
Las Vegas
Sparks
National Rural Letter Carrier's Association (RLCA) Local 48 Reno
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers & Allied Workers (RWAW) Local 162 Las Vegas
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1107
Local 135
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMW) Local 88
Local 26
Local 0
Las Vegas
Sparks
Sparks
International Union, Security, Police & Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 1012
Local 888
Hawthorne
Las Vegas
United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2162 Reno
United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 711 Las Vegas
United Government Security Officers of America (UGSOA) Local 76 Reno
United Steel Workers (USW) Local 4856
Local 711
Local 8498
Henderson
Las Vegas
Westfield
United Transportation Union (UTU) Local 1117
Local 1043
Local 31
Las Vegas
Reno
Winnemucca

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.

Workman's Compensation Premium Rate Ranking
State Ranking Index Rate Percent of Study Median
Nevada* 46 1.26 68%
Arizona 37 1.60 86%
California 1 3.48 188%
Colorado 41 1.50 81%
Idaho 14 2.01 109%
Montana 11 2.21 119%
New Mexico 20 1.99 108%
Oregon 43 1.37 74%
Utah 45 1.31 71%
Washington 17 2.00 108%
Wyoming 31 1.76 95%

Source: Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Workers' Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Study,October 2014
*Note: Nevada also has a payroll cap: $36,000 of reportable payroll per employee, per employer, per year. However, no adjustment was made to Nevada's rates to compensate for its payroll limitation on workers' compensation premium.
Rankings are based on a scale of 1 to 51, 1 being the highest rates and 51 being the lowest

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
Nevada 23.8 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 # % # %
2,633,331 1,249,886 1,235,259 2,647,958 14,627 0.6 1,213,717 98.3 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

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.

Return to TopWages & Availability For Nevada

Job Title Est. Employment Mean Wage Annual Average
Total All Occupations 1,232,800 $20.58 $42,800
Management Occupations 59,740 $47.07 $97,910
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 42,260 $30.73 $63,910
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 17,100 $35.87 $74,600
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 11,510 $37.03 $77,020
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 8,400 $32.94 $68,520
Community and Social Services Occupations 10,980 $24.08 $50,090
Legal Occupations 8,550 $46.35 $96,400
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 51,520 $23.18 $48,220
Art, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 17,840 $24.84 $51,670
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 52,550 $41.51 $86,350
Healthcare Support Occupations 22,940 $16.01 $33,290
Protective Service Occupations 39,940 $19.82 $41,220
Food Preparation and Serving-Related Occupations 177,100 $12.17 $25,300
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 72,420 $14.04 $29,210
Personal Care and Service Occupations 73,170 $12.63 $26,260
Sales and Related Occupations 137,070 $16.02 $33,320
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 192,510 $16.88 $35,120
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations 520 $16.36 $34,030
Construction and Extraction Occupations 59,210 $23.58 $49,040
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 46,970 $23.71 $49,310
Production Occupations 42,600 $16.84 $35,040
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 87,900 $17.20 $35,770

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

Return to TopIndustry Specific Wages