The pandemic slammed Las Vegas’ ascent, and after a swift economic surge in 2021, the performance of the local economy tempered to a steady recovery. This was mirrored by the multifamily market, with rent expansion moderating after a strong run, up 0.6 percent on a trailing three-month basis through June, to $1,525, trailing the 1.1 percent U.S. rate. The metro recorded a slowdown during the first half of 2022, with occupancy marking the largest decrease among major U.S. metros, down 1.4 percent in the 12 months ending in May, to 95.1 percent.
Las Vegas unemployment stood at 5.2 percent in May, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, trailing both the state (4.9 percent) and the U.S. (3.6 percent). Despite the slower rate, the figure marked a 3.9 percent annual improvement. Employment expanded by 11.7 percent, or 87,100 positions, in the 12 months ending in May, with all sectors adding jobs. Growth was led by leisure and hospitality (38,000 jobs), but the sector is still below its pre-pandemic peak. With visitor volume picking up, the sector’s shortages are challenging.
Deliveries were lagging, with 216 units completed in 2022 through June, while construction remains elevated, with 6,907 units underway. Meanwhile, transaction volume rose to nearly $1.9 billion during the first half of the year, above the figure registered during the same interval in 2021. The price per unit jumped by a substantial 78 percent on a year-over-year basis, to $245,504.