Here’s a question for Nevada residents: Do you think you live in a distressed community?

A newly released study says the state of Nevada state has one of the highest rates of distressed communities in the country.  According to the study by the Economic Innovation Group, 33 percent of Nevada neighborhoods, are in trouble.

The Economic Innovation Group looks at many factors including the unemployment rate, education levels, housing vacancies, poverty levels, and median income.

On Monday, 8 News NOW toured the neighborhoods considered to be the worst in Southern Nevada and spoke with the people who live in them.  After some of the residents in the distressed areas were showed the study, many of them couldn’t help but to agree. 

In fact, many of the people who live in the 89030 and 89115 zip codes are jobless.  The people who are employed say they’re not making enough money to make ends meet.

Officials with the unemployment office at Nevada Job Connect near Las Vegas Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue say Mondays are usually a busy day for their staff because the office is filled with people trying to connect with employers.

Demarko Weatherby says he’s looking for a second job.  He’s hoping to get a position stocking shelves.

Another distressed neighborhood in Las Vegas is on the east side in the 89115 zip code.

“I live in what would be considered the ghetto out here,” Omar Shakir said.  “I’ve got three jobs. I pull in over $2,800 a month.”

Shakir says that amount isn’t enough for him and his pregnant girlfriend to get ahead.  John Lettieri, EIG’s spokesperson says Shakir’s neighborhood is distressed because many times it’s hard for the residents who live in these areas to get to work.

“They often complain about the lack of transportation infrastructure.  There are also a lot of barriers for them when it comes to getting on the ladder of economic mobility,” Lettieri said.

The study revealed nearly half of all Las Vegans are in some economic distress, whether it be job wages, a lack of education or a lack of a job. 

However, EIG says Las Vegas communities are slowly getting better, especially downtown.