Rural Nevada: Independent Spirit Alive and Well

Rural Nevada seems to be rebounding in most communities that were hit the hardest, and recovering in a very positive manner.

Nevada’s rural economies are microcosms of the state’s economy, each with its own characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. While the rest of the country experienced the economic downturn, several of Nevada’s northeastern rural counties barely even blinked. As the economy dove and gold prices rose, mining counties like Elko are just now catching their breath as… [More...]

Taxpayers Don’t Prevail: Nevada’s prevailing wage law benefits narrow groups at public expense

Imagine you’re a plumber living in Mesquite. For most jobs, you’d probably earn as much as a plumber living in nearby St. George, Utah — $19.67 per hour, on average, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor. If you can get work on a public works project financed by Clark County or the… [More...]

Rural Nevada: Micro-Economies in a Macro State

While Nevada is one of the hardest hit states and still battling its way back from the recent great recession, the Nevada economy is made up of micro-economies.  The state as a whole saw 13.2 percent unemployment in March, but the rate varies by county.  At first glance, it might be assumed that Nevada’s rural… [More...]