Stateline casinos almost catch up to last year’s totals |

Stateline casinos almost catch up to last year’s totals

Stateline gaming revenues got a bump in May to bring them up to almost even with the last year.

The casinos, which are the main source of Douglas County’s gaming revenue, brought in $20 million in May, up 11.5 percent from the same month last year.

The take for the 11 months of this fiscal year was $206.2 million, down .86 percent from last year’s $208 million, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

The state combines the gaming win for the East Fork Township and Carson City for reporting purposes.

Those casinos were flat with $9.8 million taken in during May. They’re up 2.2 percent for the year, hitting $101.3 million. To put that in perspective, just the Las Vegas Strip brought in $9.3 billion over the past 11 months, with $981.8 million coming in May.

Douglas County merchants had the second best April in Nevada, according to the Nevada Department of Taxation.

Figures released last week showed the county posted a 13-percent increase in taxable sales to $71.6 million, up from $63.4 million last year.

Going into the final quarter of the fiscal year, the county’s merchants are up 3.5 percent over last year.

The largest category in the county, food services and drinking places brought in $9.24 million. That’s down from last year because the state started separating that category from accommodations, which brought in $2.25 million, up more than 400,000 percent from last year’s $558.

Combined, the total is $11.49 million, up slightly from last year.

Douglas County’s chemical manufacturers posted a more than 19,000 percent increase to $11.2 million, which accounts for most of the sector’s revenue for the entire year. Merchant wholesalers of durable goods brought in $3.7 million, down 18 percent from the same month last year.

General merchandise stores brought in $8.35 million, up 8 percent from last year. Much of that was generated at the two Walmarts and a Target in Douglas County. Building materials, garden equipment and supplies came in a strong third with $5 million, reflecting the recent building boom.

Motor vehicle and parts dealers sold $3.77 million, up 30 percent from April 2018, despite only having one small car dealership in Douglas County.

Sales and other taxes generated $899,771 for the county. Because it is a guaranteed county, Douglas received $1.23 million from the state.

Jobless figures for Douglas County remained stable at 3.9 percent for May, with two people joining the ranks of the unemployed.

Both the labor pool and the number of employed workers expanded during May, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

State figures reveal the number of employed increased by 150 workers, while the labor pool went up to 152. The number of jobless workers was at 890 for the month.

Unemployment numbers do not reflect those whose benefits have run out or who have stopped looking for work.

The county’s jobless rate dropped to 3.9 percent for the first time in June 2018 and has bounced between that number and 5 percent over the last year.

Douglas County’s jobless rate peaked in December 2010 at 15.7 percent. That month there were 3,470 jobless and 18,580 employed workers.