The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Nevada For 2020

By Kathy Morris
Jan. 8, 2020

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Anticipating a job hunt in 2020?

If so, you might be nervous about the state of your local job market or curious how it stacks up to rival cities. Cities in the same state can have dramatically different job markets. Job hunting in one part of the state can be a piece of cake, while in another city it can be a herculean task to just land an interview.

Here at Zippia, we love math (and jobs!), so we delved into the data to determine where in 2020 it was easiest to find a job in Nevada.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Nevada.

There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in Nevada. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we reached these results. Your city not in the top 10? Keep scrolling to see where it landed on the full list.

How we determined the best job markets in Nevada

We used the most recent Census American Community Survey to pull data for the main Nevada metro areas. We only looked at cities with a working civilian population above 5,000.

While unemployment rate can tell you a lot about the local job market, it is simply one metric and job markets are complex entities. We opted to take a more in-depth look at the best job market in Nevada.

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-10 in four categories:

  • Unemployment Rate
  • Change In Unemployment Rate
  • Household Income Change
  • Current Average Household Income

The lower the score in each category the better. For example, the Elko area had the lowest unemployment rate at 5.5%, earning it the #1 spot for unemployment rate. The four ranked categories were then averaged together to produce our final list. The final list ranks the 10 metro areas from 1-to-10. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Elko

Elko, NV

Unemployment Rate: 5.47%
Average Income: $92,554

2. Carson

Unemployment Rate: 6.18%
Average Income: $70,878

3. Reno

Reno, NV

Unemployment Rate: 5.86%
Average Income: $75,128

4. Henderson

Henderson, NV

Unemployment Rate: 6.32%
Average Income: $93,056

5. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

Unemployment Rate: 7.64%
Average Income: $76,483

6. Boulder

Unemployment Rate: 8.39%
Average Income: $81,339

7. Fernley

Fernley, NV

Unemployment Rate: 8.21%
Average Income: $70,972

8. Sparks

Sparks, NV

Unemployment Rate: 5.65%
Average Income: $76,071

9. Mesquite

Mesquite, NV

Unemployment Rate: 7.62%
Average Income: $62,466

10. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, NV

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Average Income: $69,949


You might be reading this and thinking, ‘Hey, I live in Elko and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!’ That’s entirely possible.

While Elko and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in Nevada, personal finances can be, well, personal. Education, work experience, and occupation all play a big role in securing a job. However, overall, job seekers in Elko will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Nevada

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Elko 5.47% $92,554
2 Carson 6.18% $70,878
3 Reno 5.86% $75,128
4 Henderson 6.32% $93,056
5 Las Vegas 7.64% $76,483
6 Boulder 8.39% $81,339
7 Fernley 8.21% $70,972
8 Sparks 5.65% $76,071
9 Mesquite 7.62% $62,466
10 North Las Vegas 7.2% $69,949

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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