20K More Nevadans File First-Time Unemployment Claims

More Than 440,000 Have Filed Since Pandemic Began

Associated Press
May 22, 2020 - 5:21 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (AP) - About 20,000 more Nevada residents filed first-time unemployment claims last week, pushing the number of jobless claims filed since mid-March to almost one-third of the entire workforce in the state in February, the U.S. Labor Department says.

The number of claims, while still quite high, was down 9% from the previous week. 

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 440,000 first time cloims for unemployment have been filed as casinos and non-essential businesses were forced to close in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Nevada’s unemployment rate has shot up from an all-time-low 3.6% in February to a record 22% last week.

Another jump is expected with a state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation report on Friday.