AHS-L1-4. Low-Income Job Loss in Washoe and Clark Counties

Katie Gilbertson1
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.


Nov 15 - 19 2021


All Day


AHS: Lighting Talk Session 1
The Office of Undergraduate Research


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2 Replies to “AHS-L1-4. Low-Income Job Loss in Washoe and Clark Counties”

  1. Hello Katie!

    Great Presentation, straight foreword and to the point! Thank you for summarizing the results as I’m not too familiar with T-tests. I am actually part of the ‘accommodations and food services’ sector and found it interesting to see what happened numerated this way! I would also like to see future analysis as to why there’s is such a loss in that sector(other than being a tourism state). I personally noticed confusion as to where the job shortage originates from whether it’s lack of jobs, lack of employees applying, or if it was caused by the search for better wages. ex. people moving on to bigger things! (that could be something you could address perhaps). Personally, I know many departments that didn’t hire back their full staff and utilized those who are brought back to their fullest extent before slowly adding more when demand absolutely required it.
    Thank you for sharing the results of your analysis and for mentioning that these numbers are people too!
    Thank you for caring 🙂

  2. Hello!

    Welcome to my presentation. Please feel free to leave any questions or comments on this page. I look forward to engaging with you all. Thanks so much!

    Best wishes,

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