Labor Day not a day of celebration for everyone

Joyce Lupiani

Labor Day not a day of celebration for everyone

CREATED Sep. 4, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Labor Day is not a day of celebration of millions of Americans and thousands of people that live here in Nevada.

To many people, Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer -- the start of football season and a time to relax, barbecue or go boating.

Labor Day was created to celebrate the economic and social contributions of the American worker.

But on a day that was designated to give the employed a break, millions of Americans are still desperate for work.

Here in Las Vegas, times are extremely tough for a lot of people. The unemployment rate in Nevada is nearly 13 percent, much higher than the national average.

The state of Nevada has added more than 10,000 jobs since this time last year and unemployment has dipped slightly since then. It is an improvement economists foresee as consistent but will continue to be slow going.