AHS-L1-4. Low-Income Job Loss in Washoe and Clark Counties
Faculty Mentor: Djeto Assane, Ph.D.1
1Lee Business School, Department of Economics
This study analyzes the loss of low-income jobs in Washoe County and Clark County during June 2020 and August 2021. Nonessential business closures at the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 ravaged the labor market in Nevada, and the aftershocks are still being felt a year and a half later. Initial data were collected from the Urban Institute on June 5, 2020. At that time, 23,263 low-income jobs were lost in Washoe County and 132,771 low-income jobs were lost in Clark County. Final data were collected as of August 6, 2021, as that is currently the latest available information. Recent data reveals Washoe County has added back 14,773 low-income jobs and remains at a loss 8,490 jobs while Clark County has added back 70,916 jobs and remains at a loss of 61,855 jobs. This analysis measures the average difference of low-income jobs lost by county and year. Findings suggest that the differences between Washoe and Clark counties were more statistically significant in 2020 rather than 2021. Also, Washoe County had a higher statistical significance of its county-wide job loss from 2020 to 2021 than Clark did between the same years. Given these findings, the discrepancies between the two counties were more pronounced in 2020 and Washoe has added back low-income jobs faster than Clark. Future research should expand the time frame of the study or uncover why the majority of jobs are lost in Accommodation and Food Services.