Setting the tone for 2012
In the next few days, the taxable sales figures for November, including Black Friday, will be released by the Nevada Department of Taxation.
Those numbers will provide the first picture of what actually happened in Douglas County during the start of the holiday retail season.
So far other indicators have been mixed. On Monday, unemployment figures showed that the same number of people were employed in December as were working in November.
The number that increased the jobless rate to 13.8 percent was the 60-worker increase in unemployment. We’re not sure what that means. Either exactly 60 workers were hired and fired during the month, or we’re importing unemployed people.
The interesting jobless number was the average total labor force number for 2011, down 3,040 workers from 2008.
Those are the people who’ve left for greener pastures.
Gaming numbers showed a little bit of a rise for Carson Valley, but Douglas shares that revenue with Carson City. The county’s main generator of gaming taxes, the casinos at Stateline, are ahead for the year by 6.71 percent, despite a shaky November.
This all adds up to the tone for talking about the economy for the rest of 2012.
We’re hoping that signs like having a half-dozen new houses under construction and some new business in the Valley are the flowers blooming after a long winter.