LAS VEGAS -- The economy in southern Nevada was hit hard by the Recession. At one point, the unemployment rate was the highest in the nation, but recently there has been more movement in the job market.
University of Phoenix researchers say the Las Vegas job market is making a comeback. The university hosted a job fair Thursday.
MGM Resorts International, Hospital Corporation of America, Clark County School District and Willams-Sonoma are among some of the companies hiring.
Finding work can be a full-time job.
"Verizon Wireless and Men's Warehouse were definitely ones that peaked my interest," said Noel Myers who attended the job fair in hopes of finding employment. "Me and my girlfriend want to start our life together. She just got her job as a school teacher."
The former Navy submarine operator is one of thousands of Nevadans out of work.
MGM Resorts International has more than 5,000 job postings and Hospital Corporation of America has nearly 4,000. The school district is also hiring.
"We have a need for bus drivers. We have a need for substitute teachers and we're still hiring teachers right up to the day school starts," said Staci Vesneske with the Clark County School District.
The district is hiring 200 more teachers and at least 50 bus drivers before the first day of school. Williams-Sonama is looking for 600 customer service and sales associates for their Las Vegas call center. The city of Las Vegas is also planning to fill hundreds of positions.
"It would be anywhere from our front desk as a cashier, to an instructor, to basketball. There's a variety of positions that are out there and it also goes into the professional side, as far as clerical support," said Chrystal Harry, a personal analyst with the city of Las Vegas.
Employers are urging applicants to consider part-time work.
"Once you get your foot in the door, and make your connections, and people see what you bring to the table, the sky is the limit," Harry said.
Myers said, he's not giving up until he gets a call back.