Nevada Struggles to Fill Vacant Jobs

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The state of Nevada is recruiting workers again and agencies are trying to get the word out.

But even though Nevada leads the nation in unemployment, officials say the state is having trouble filling its government jobs.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the state has 1,456 openings, representing nearly 9 percent of the government's total permanent authorized workforce.

Officials say low pay, bleak prospects for future pay raises, even competition from higher paying mines in rural areas is contributing to the lack of interest from applicants.

But another reason appears to a misconception that state government is still under a hiring freeze. A freeze was implemented
in 2008 and ended after last year's legislative session.

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