CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's demographer says the state's population grew by 35 percent in the first 10 years of the century despite a trifecta of economic whammies and is projected to grow another 9.6 percent by 2020.
Demographer Jeff Hardcastle released his population estimates for the next 20 years on Wednesday.
He projects Nevada will add 529,000 people over the next two decades, with Clark County gaining the most, about 377,000.
Hardcastle says the state's gambling industry continues to be the biggest driver for employment but education and health care sectors have the most room to grow.
He says Nevada has regained only 28 percent of jobs lost at the height of the recession, compared with 75 percent nationally.