Weekly earnings for Nevada’s residents are showing improvement, according to newly released data by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s Research and Analysis Bureau.

“While volatile from quarter-to-quarter, average weekly wages in Nevada are trending up,” said Chief Economist Bill Anderson. “At the height of the recession, wages fell in both 2009 and 2010 before turning the corner.”

In 2011, wages were up 1.3 percent relative to 2010.Through the first three quarters of 2012 (the most recent data available), they have averaged $827 per week. This represents a gain of 0.7 percent compared to the same period  in the prior year, despite some weakness during the July-September quarter.

“Other barometers of the labor market’s health, which include job growth, the unemployment rate, and initial claims for unemployment insurance, have been trending positive of late and closed out 2012 with some encouraging results,” Anderson said. “Hopefully, this will translate into more noticeable wage gains once year-end results are posted. Typically, there is a considerable spike in wages during the final three months of the year.”

In nominal terms, average weekly wages averaged $829, for all of 2011, the highest reading on record. With a solid fourth quarter, 2012 results may show a new record.

Governor Brian Sandoval said he is encouraged by the news that Nevadans are earning more and that other indicators of the state’s economic health are showing signs of marked improvement, but recognizes the need for continued efforts in economic development and job training.

“By all indications businesses are hiring more, paying higher wages and adding more jobs, which is good news for our state’s economy, however, I realize there is still much more work to be done in the area of economic development as there are still far too many Nevadans out of work,” Sandoval said.

“We continue to work to develop innovative ideas that will attract more industries to the state and to support current businesses in growth and expansion.”



In an stunning upset, unheralded peace activists and members of the Nevada Desert Experience (NDE) Sacred Peace Walk handed Commander Col. James Hecker and the USAF 432d and the 432d Expeditionary Wing at Creech Air Force Base an extraordinary defeat. March Madness at Creech was temporarily interrupted by the NDE Sacred Peace Walk by slowing the flow of death by drone attacks that are executed from this base.

The Sacred Peace Walk is an annual event conducted by NDE to demonstrate honor for the local desert while respecting all life,  supporting environmental justice everywhere, and making strong nonviolent statements regarding the misuse of the desert. NDE's Sacred Peace Walk focuses on ending violence by stopping the research and development of nuclear weapons at the Nevada National Security Site and  stopping the drone warfare conducted at Creech Air Force Base.

Active involvement in killing dulls the conscience until all awareness of evil is lost. As peace activists blocked traffic, the grim reaper (on hand for the event) holding a model drone aloft symbolically executed 7 protesters with a drone attack. The Air Force and and local constabulary (Las Vegas Metro Police) responded by arresting the grim reaper and his fellow life affirming peace activists who lie dying in the road. Each activist also carried an indictment addressed to and charging Col. James Hecker and the 432d and 432d Expeditionary Wing with extrajudicial killings, violation of due process, wars of aggression," for the killings of innocent civilians by the use of drones controlled by Creech Air Force personnel.

The protesters arrested were:

John Paz Amidon of Albany, New York
Toby Blome of El Cerrito, California
Christine Gaunt of Grinnell, Iowa
George Killingsworth of Berkeley, California
Robert Majors of Las Vegas, Nevada
Rev. Felicia Parazaider of Berkeley, California
Rev. Louis Vitale, OFM of Oakland, California
Rev. Jerry Zawada, OFM of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CONTACTS:
Jim Haber, 415-828-2506 Nevada Desert Experience Coordinator
Marcus Page, 702-646-4814 Nevada Desert Experience
Toby Blome, 510-541-6874 Code Pink
John Amidon 518-312-6442 Veterans For Peace

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