Report finds good things to say about Nevada's job market

LAS VEGAS -- The credit card comparison website CreditDonkey ranked Nevada Monday as the nation's third best state for college graduates to find a job, behind only Texas and Washington.

CreditDonkey took into account college grads' pay, employment growth and work environment.

The website said Nevada is paying individuals with a bachelor's degree $45,130 on average, and has the nation's fifth best workplace environment.

"Think Nevada jobs, and what springs to mind may be blackjack dealers or cocktail waitresses, but there are lots of jobs on a growth path beyond the Vegas strip," Livia Gershon wrote for CreditDonkey.

"Construction and professional and business services have bounced back particularly well from the recession, and overall jobs in the state grew by 3.8 percent over the past year. Vegas jobs pay around average for workers with bachelor's degrees, but employees' satisfaction with their work environment is strikingly high."

Though Nevada's average wage for college graduates is below the national average of $46,107, according to CreditDonkey, the state's 3.8 percent job growth for the 12 months beginning March 2013 compared favorably to the 1 percent national average.

CreditDonkey's ranking for Nevada came a week after consumer information website WalletHub ranked Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas as subpar cities for young people to start a new career.


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