Sacramento Forecast Project Douglas County, Nevada
Gardnerville Ranchos Micropolitan Statistical Area
Economic Forecast
Sacramento Forecast Project
 revised January, 2013 
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Douglas County, Nevada (a.k.a. Gardnerville Ranchos Micropolitan Statistical Area) became part of the Sacramento Combined Statistical Area with the release of the 2000 version of geographical boundaries for Statistical Areas defined by The Office of Management and Budget. The rationale for the addition of Douglas County in the larger Sacramento CSA is the interaction of persons living and working around Lake Tahoe. The 2000 Census showed better than 4,000 persons living in El Dorado County and working in Douglas County and these two counties surround a large part of the Tahoe Basin.
Number of Persons Employed
graph, Number of Persons Employed, 1990-2013
The Household Survey from the U.S. Department of Labor shows the Number of Persons Employed in Douglas County declined in each of the four years from a high of 21,680 persons in 2007 to the 2011 level of 18,090 persons - 16,6% (3,590 persons). The Number of Persons Employed increased 4.18% (760 persons) in 2012, reversing the trend. The forecast for 2013 (based on data through December, 2012), is for a small 0.14% (160 persons) decrease.
Unemployment Rate
graph, Unemployment Rate, 1990-2013
The average annual Unemployment Rate for Douglas County in 2012 declined to 12.5%, compared to the 14.1% average in 2011. The forecast for the annual rate in 2013 (based on data through December, 2012) is a higher 13.4%.
Taxable Sales
Taxable Sales in Douglas County had declined in each of the five years (2006-2010). But 2011 ended with a total taxable sales amount of $547.6 million, up about $13.5 million from the $534.2 million in 2010. The forecast for taxable sales in 2012, using actual data through November, 2012, is for another increase of 3.6% to $567.4 million. The forecast for 2013, is a slower increase of 0.4% to $569.7 million.
graph, Taxable Sales, all Outlets, 1990-2013
Building Permits
There were a total of 47 building permits issued in Douglas County in 2012, up from the 36 permits issued in 2011. The forecast for 2013, using actual estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau through December, 2012, is for a small decline to a total of 43 building permits issued.
graph, Building Permits, 2000-2013
Data Tables
The Sacramento Forecast Project maintains files for these variables and the supporting variables for Douglas County, in Excel format, that can be made available on request.
table, Civilan Labor Force, 1990-2013
table, Number of Persons Employed, 1990-2013
table, Unemployment Rate, 1990-2013
table, Taxable Sales, Total, 1990-2013
table, Building Permits, Total, 2000-2013
Douglas County has several useful and informative locations on the Internet. For information about the county and its environment, try:
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