41K Filed For Unemployment Benefits In Nevada Last Week

25% Of The Employed In February Have Had To File

Associated Press
April 24, 2020 - 5:06 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (AP) - 41,000 new unemployment applications were reported for Nevada on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor.  24% of the 1.43 million people employed in Nevada in February had filed for benefits since the week ending March 21. Nevada’s jobless figure in February was an all-time low 3.6%.

State employment spokeswoman Rosa Mendez declined immediate comment about the data.

Unemployment filings each week have far exceeded the previous high of almost 9,000 claims in early January 2009. Nevada unemployment administrators and Sisolak have acknowledged severe backlogs and exceptionally long waits for people filing claims.

State health officials report at least 189 people have died of the COVID-19 respiratory illness in Nevada. More than 4,200 have tested positive.