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From last to first: Nevada leads nation in private sector job growth

Candidates attend a Frontier Airlines Flight Attendant Hiring Event on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Eastside Cannery Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (Corwin Hall/KSNV)

For the first time since the recession, Nevada leads the nation in private sector job growth, according to a new jobs report released by the state.

In east Las Vegas, a long winding line of job seekers wraps through casino hallways as Frontier Airlines aims to make the city its newest hub for flight crews. The airline interviewed for 300 job openings.

"It's something that I always wanted to do and right now is the perfect opportunity," said Myra Taylor, who attended the job fair.

Nevada's job market was hit hard by the recession, but now, it's leading the country in job growth.

"Great news, it is proof that our economy is booming in Southern Nevada," said CEO Jonas Peterson of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.

His advice: pay close attention over the next two years.

"Major projects are expected to land and be built out along the Strip as well as throughout the rest of the region," said Peterson.

Recent state jobs reports show the Las Vegas Metro area leading Nevada in job creation, with construction a primary generator of jobs with high profile projects and an NFL stadium on the way.

State officials are also trying to convince Amazon to bring its new headquarters to Nevada.

However, in Northern Nevada, tech is going strong. Two-thousand people have been hired so far at Tesla's massive gigafactory.

It's progress promised by Governor Brian Sandoval.

"It just gives Nevadans the opportunity to get great jobs and provide great benefits and great futures," said Sandoval.

It's a brighter future that locals have been hoping for.

"Look at Las Vegas ... Las Vegas has grown and Las Vegas I think is the city to be," said Taylor.

The state also reported during the first quarter of 2017, the average wage reached $931 per week (approximately $48,000 per year) -- a record for Nevada.

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