These Are The 10 Cities In Nevada With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Nevada with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Nevada for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Silver State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Winnemucca(Jobs)
  2. Elko(Jobs)
  3. Carlin(Jobs)
  4. West Wendover(Jobs)
  5. Reno(Jobs)
  6. Henderson(Jobs)
  7. Sparks(Jobs)
  8. Mesquite(Jobs)
  9. Lovelock(Jobs)
  10. North Las Vegas(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Winnemucca takes the cake as the place in Nevada with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Nevada that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Nevada job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Nevada With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Nevada’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 2,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 16 places in Nevada.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 16 with one being the “most employed city in Nevada”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Winnemucca

Winnemucca, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,736
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Winnemucca comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 4.2 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,308
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Elko doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Carlin

Carlin, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,409
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Carlin, earning the bronze medal with a score of 6.0 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. West Wendover

West Wendover, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,448
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Following right behind in the number four slot is West Wendover. With a population of 4448 residents, West Wendover is a solid place to move in Nevada if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Reno

Reno, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 231,103
Unemployment Rate: 8.4%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Reno. Numbering around 231103 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 8.4%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Henderson

Henderson, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 266,245
Unemployment Rate: 9.4%
The city of Henderson is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Sparks

Sparks, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 92,236
Unemployment Rate: 10.4%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Sparks. With a unemployment rate of 10.4 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Mesquite

Mesquite, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,072
Unemployment Rate: 10.4%
Coming in at #8, Mesquite has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Nevada’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Lovelock

Lovelock, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,319
Unemployment Rate: 10.4%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Lovelock, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 223,336
Unemployment Rate: 10.9%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of North Las Vegas, Nevada. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 16.

North Las Vegas’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Nevada

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Nevada with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Yerington
  2. Fallon
  3. Fernley

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Nevada

City Rank Unemployment
Winnemucca 1 4.2%
Elko 2 5.7%
Carlin 3 6.0%
West Wendover 4 6.4%
Reno 5 8.4%
Henderson 6 9.4%
Sparks 7 10.4%
Mesquite 8 10.4%
Lovelock 9 10.4%
North Las Vegas 10 10.9%
Las Vegas 11 11.8%
Boulder City 12 12.2%
Ely 13 12.5%
Fernley 14 12.9%
Fallon 15 13.8%
Yerington 16 15.2%
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