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Las Vegas metro area employment up 21.4 percent over the year ended May 2021

July 06, 2021

Over the year ended May 2021, nonfarm employment increased in all 51 large metropolitan areas (those with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more). The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment in these large metropolitan areas occurred in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada, where employment increased 21.4 percent. The number of people employed in the Las Vegas area increased from 774,900 in May 2020 to 940,700 in May 2021, an increase of 165,800.

Over-the-year change in total nonfarm employment, selected large metropolitan areas, May 2021, not seasonally adjusted
Metropolitan area Percent change
in employment
Employment,
May 2020
Employment,
May 2021
Change in
employment

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

21.4% 774,900 940,700 165,800

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI

20.1 1,587,400 1,905,900 318,500

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

17.4 456,900 536,200 79,300

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

13.4 498,400 565,000 66,600

Rochester, NY

12.2 456,300 512,100 55,800

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

11.0 588,800 653,700 64,900

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

10.7 8,216,600 9,095,300 878,700

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH

10.6 2,377,400 2,630,300 252,900

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

10.4 934,500 1,031,400 96,900

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

10.4 2,557,000 2,822,900 265,900

Pittsburgh, PA

10.4 1,016,100 1,121,800 105,700

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

10.1 1,091,200 1,200,900 109,700

Raleigh, NC

9.8 586,700 644,300 57,600

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

9.7 1,389,100 1,523,600 134,500

Austin-Round Rock, TX

9.6 1,030,900 1,129,800 98,900

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

9.3 987,400 1,079,200 91,800

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

9.3 1,281,100 1,400,600 119,500

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD

9.1 1,255,100 1,368,900 113,800

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

8.6 5,300,400 5,755,900 455,500

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

8.6 1,071,100 1,162,700 91,600

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

8.5 979,000 1,062,400 83,400

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

8.4 1,774,700 1,924,300 149,600

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

8.1 1,127,000 1,218,600 91,600

Kansas City, MO-KS

8.1 1,000,300 1,081,000 80,700

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

8.1 2,389,900 2,583,300 193,400

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

8.0 1,388,500 1,499,300 110,800

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

8.0 510,600 551,500 40,900

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

7.8 988,000 1,064,900 76,900

St. Louis, MO-IL

7.6 1,258,600 1,354,700 96,100

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

7.6 1,282,300 1,379,900 97,600

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

7.5 914,300 983,200 68,900

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

7.4 3,499,100 3,759,300 260,200

Jacksonville, FL

7.4 674,500 724,400 49,900

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

7.3 2,561,200 2,748,700 187,500

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

7.3 4,136,100 4,439,800 303,700

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

7.3 1,867,600 2,003,200 135,600

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

7.2 770,200 825,900 55,700

Salt Lake City, UT

7.1 710,700 761,000 50,300

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

7.1 711,100 761,400 50,300

Columbus, OH

7.0 1,006,500 1,076,600 70,100

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

6.9 2,979,900 3,187,000 207,100

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

6.8 602,600 643,600 41,000

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

6.6 497,700 530,700 33,000

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

6.5 492,400 524,400 32,000

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

6.5 2,039,300 2,172,200 132,900

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

6.2 951,800 1,010,900 59,100

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

6.1 2,148,000 2,279,900 131,900

Oklahoma City, OK

5.8 604,900 640,200 35,300

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

5.4 1,031,000 1,086,300 55,300

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

4.8 2,898,000 3,037,700 139,700

Richmond, VA

4.2 617,200 643,400 26,200

Note: Data for the most recent month are preliminary. Large metropolitan areas had a population of 1 million or more in the 2010 Census.

Employment was up 20.1 percent in Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan, 17.4 percent in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York, 13.4 percent in Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island-Massachusetts, and 12.2 percent in Rochester, New York, over the year ended May 2021. Employment increased by 10.0 percent or more in 7 more large metropolitan areas.

The smallest over-the-year changes in employment among these large metro areas were in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (5.8 percent), San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California (5.4 percent), Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas (4.8 percent) and Richmond, Virginia (4.2 percent).

These data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Metro Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — May 2021." Also see charts of the latest metropolitan area employment and unemployment data and the sortable table of metropolitan area employment data.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Las Vegas metro area employment up 21.4 percent over the year ended May 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/las-vegas-metro-area-employment-up-21-4-percent-over-the-year-ended-may-2021.htm (visited September 18, 2021).

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