LPN Jobs in NV
In the early 2010s, Nevada became a popular site of newly-surging technology and information companies. In an effort to increase taxpaying residents in a state with a failing educational system and poor job prospects for those trying to get out of poverty, Republican Governor Brian Sandoval promised $1.2 billion in tax breaks over 10 years to lure these companies to Nevada.
The new residents, especially those who were moving from the Bay Area of San Francisco, reported high costs of living and housing shortages due to Nevadan’s low wages and minimal taxes on real estate sales. As a result, however, the availability of jobs increased across the state as companies like Apple expanded. This sparked an increase in housing prices and demands for more living space, causing a slight spike in the homelessness population of the state.
Nevada has experienced an increase of college graduates since 2010; however, it also experiences one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. A quarter of all residents live below the poverty line and struggle to get by with minimal services like running water.
Senate Bill 70, signed into law by Governor Sandoval, increased the minimum wage in five increments over four years starting July 1, 2014, eventually raising it to $7.25 on January 1, 2017. Prior to this bill, Nevada was one of the few states with a minimum wage lower than the national rate of $7.25 per hour. The law will be raised to $8.25 this coming July and is set to rise each year until it reaches the national minimum wage in January of 2024.
Statewide, workers’ rights are beginning to shift following the Republican takeover of the state legislature. Republicans promised an increase in jobs and small business growth, but this has yet to occur. Despite the lack of job growth, Nevada has seen a decrease in unemployment and poverty rates (although not as significant as other states) under Republican Governor Brian Sandoval’s administration.