State Snapshot of Nevada

SAN MATEO (04/03/2000) - A booming gaming industry has led to bright economic times for Nevada, but opportunities for IT professionals tend to be limited, despite a tight labor market.

Vital statistics

Population:

State - 1,809,253 (ranks 35th in nation)Las Vegas area - 1,321,546Unemployment rate:

State - 4% (national - 4.1%)

Las Vegas - 4.4%

Median housing cost: (national - $133,300)Las Vegas - $131,600Business outlookTop industries: Gaming, tourism, mining, retailing, warehousingTop employers: Bellagio Resort, MGM Grand, Mirage Hotel, Caesars Palace, Circus CircusEconomic outlook: Buoyed by the influx of several new casinos in the Las Vegas area, Nevada is by far the fastest-growing state in the nation. Still, growth is expected to slow as only one major hotel-casino is scheduled to open in 2000.

Tax situation: Nevada has a state sales tax rate of 6.5 percent, no personal income tax, and the state property tax is approximately $1,173 per $100,000.

Local talk

"Nevada isn't exactly a hotbed for high-tech -- the IT jobs market is somewhat limited, and it's highly competitive and very skills-specific."

-- Mike Moore, manager, Management Recruiters of Las VegasIT salariesDatabase administrator - $57,616Programmer - $56,181Systems analyst - $59,800Web resourcesState of Nevada - www.state.nv.usNevada's official Web site provides an excellent overview of the state's business climate and well-organized labor market information.

Vegas.com - www.vegas.com

This flashy site provides entertainment, dining, and gaming information for Las Vegas, along with local news and insider tips.

SOURCES: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, RELOCATION CENTRAL.

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