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December 20, 2014

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Report: Nevada ranks last in nation in job opportunity

For people looking to move up the economic ladder, the worst place in the nation to live is Nevada, according to a report released today.

Nevada scored 21.3 out of 100 on the Opportunity Index, putting the state in last place in the ranking by Opportunity Nation, a campaign from Be the Change, and the American Human Development Project, part of the Social Science Research Council.

The ranking is based on criteria in three general categories: Economy, education and community health and civic life.

Nevada scored 4 out of 10 in the economy category, 1 out of 10 in education and 1 out of 10 in community health and civic life. The national averages for all three categories were between 5.4 and 5.6.

Nevada had the lowest scores in the nation of the percentage of high school students who graduate on time and the number of preschool-aged children enrolled in school. Plus, the report said 11.2 percent of Nevada teenagers are not in school or working.

The Silver State also received the lowest score in the nation on access to health care, with 86.7 primary care providers per 100,000 residents.

And the state had the second highest violent crime score in the nation, with 707 crimes per 100,000 people.

"Having scored at or below the national average in many of the metrics used to formulate their Opportunity Score, Nevada residents have much work to do before they can say they provide their residents with the opportunities to improve their lives," said Opportunity Nation Executive Director Mark Edwards in a statement. "Providing quality education, sound economies, and safe communities are the stepping stones to economic mobility in this country, and Nevada leaders should view the results of the index as a guide to seeing areas that need to improve."

In a breakdown of counties, Clark received a D grade, with scores of three out of five in economy, one out of five in education and two out of five in community.

All of the bottom 15 states in the index are in the South or Southwest. Nevada is ranked 51, behind Mississippi, West Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana.

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  1. Wow, that's really sad news.

  2. Hey, we're the new Alabama in terms of jobs, and the new Detroit/Oakland in terms of violent crime. It doesn't get any better in terms of illustrations of Nevada's bankrupt leadership in the Legislature.

  3. Now all we need is a Hospital Train to California so we can escape the worst Health Care System in the U.S.

  4. Is it not interesting that Nothing has been Demanded of the Casino and Mining Industries and Nothing has ever been provided.

  5. Yeah! Let's hear it for small government and low taxes!

  6. It's the mega-resort-casino way of life. They want to keep the employees dumb, to hell with quality of life, and as long as the 1% at the top of these mega corporations are living the high life, why should they give a flying ---- about the rest of the population?

    They have the politicians in their back pockets, pay little tax compared to their employees and only care about making the next billion whether here or in Communist China.

    Yeah, they "love" locals, don't they? Love us to death.

  7. So explain again why some politicians want to cut off unemployment benefits? Are you listening Congressman Heller?

  8. Nevada is the training ground for bankruptcy lawyers. They can't fail to succeed even after sleeping half the morning.

  9. A couple of those categories the PUBLIC has full control over.

    Education. Show up on time and everyday for school. Study, listen to your teachers and you just might learn something. Better education is in the hands of the parents and students and it will not cost the taxpayers a cent to use it to the max.

    Civic activities. That is also an easy one. Get off your butt, stop watching T.V. and playing video games all the time. Get out and get involved. Not really that hard but you have to do it. No one can do it for you.

    Las Vegas has always been the type of town that you make it. No one can make it better or worse for you. Many of us have had a great life here and still do because we do something about our life instead of complaining all the time about not receiving hand outs from others.

    Vegas is what you make of it. The people of the town can make it great or let it sink. Your choice which you choose.

  10. VegasLee framed it well,"Vegas is what you make of it. The people of the town can make it great or let it sink. Your choice which you choose."

    And it also supports what George Washington commented in regards to VOTERS in Nevada:

    "Kudos to Sandoval, Whoresford, Raggio, Berkely, Reid and all the others I forgot to mention for making Nevada the official WORST place to be and look for a job. From last in education, to first in foreclosure to first in unemployment. Job well done. Thanks to the Nevada sheeple to for making it all happen."

    Nevada was ripe for the picking, with a newly transplanted and apathetic populace (large percentage are ILLEGAL immigrants, who have no fear of laws being enforced), people too busy with making a quick buck to concern themselves with building a community, a home town, or home state to take pride in.

    The politicians took advantage of uncontrolled population growth, some even exercised indiscretions, while no one was bothering to look.

    Has anyone begun to examine the crisis Nevada is in to find remedies? Sure, there are now countless studies, research analysis, and commissions out there doing what they do for some high dollars to tell us what we already know. Thanks. Wished my pocketbook felt richer for it.

    Is Nevada worth defending and fixing, or is it worth more by EXPLOITING it?

    There's your "opportunity"!!!

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  11. No one, myself included, has the guts do anything to change this state. 99% of us are just lazy sheep. We're getting eaten by the lions one at a time. None of us are immune. So lets stop commenting on the troubles and inequalities and corruption in this state and learn to like it cause nobody is gonna save us. And since we're not going to do our selves, we should shut up and go down to the casino and get drunk or do what ever it is that we do to block out reality.