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Jobless Frustrated, But Analyst Says Outlook Up

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LAS VEGAS -- Walmart announced this week that undeveloped land in the southwest Las Vegas valley is slated for construction of a Walmart Supercenter.

At 170,000-square-feet, it is expected to bring about 300 full- and part-time jobs.

Economic analyst Brian Gordon said jobs are making their way back to southern Nevada, but many struggling to find a job don't agree.

Job creation is on many people's minds this election season, especially as Nevada's unemployment rate was 11.8 percent in September, the most recent rate available.

"What we're seen in the last 15 consecutive months is year-over-year increases in the number of overall (with) employment," Gordon said. "That's a sign that things are moving in a right direction."

The hospitality industry is one area that might increase employment, Gordon said. In the height of the recession, jobs in that industry took a major hit.

"We have almost 40 million visitors coming to southern Nevada, so a lot of the hotel and gaming companies are adding back staff and picking up staff," he said.

Other industries experiencing growth are retail, education and health services.

But even with that outlook, the reality for many is still frustrating.

"This is the hardest it's ever been for me because I've always had a job up until April," said Susan Vanbenthuycaun, a single mother of a 5-year-old boy. "I'm looking for anything right now. I usually do security work, but I'm always looking for cashier work or waitressing or whatever is available. I'll take it – part-time, full-time – I'm not being choosy."

Gordon said the retail sector is improving because consumers are spending more. That could mean more job openings at stores in the Las Vegas valley.

Construction of the Walmart Supercenter at Blue Diamond Road and Rainbow Boulevard is expected to take anywhere from 10 months to a year after ground is broken. A groundbreaking hasn't been scheduled yet.

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