45K More Nevadans File First-Time Unemployment Claims

Close To 400K Have Filed In The Past 6 Weeks

Mitch Kelly
May 01, 2020 - 5:14 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that more than 45,000 Nevadans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week. The state Department of Employment, Training was reporting the 16.8% Nevada jobless rate was already the highest in state history.

The total number of jobless, nearing 390,000, equates to more than one in four workers with jobs in in February filing for unemployment benefits since the week of March 21.

Governor Steve Sisolak released what he called Nevada's "Roadmap To Recovery" plan on Thursday. In phase 1, non-essential businesses that had been forced to close since mid-March can re-open using a curbside delivery model simial to what restaurants do. Outdoor recreation activites like golf and tennis are also now permitted.

Advancing to the next phase would require a continued drop in positive COVID-19 cases as well as hosptializations from the virus.

If things go well, the governor says he can envision loosening more restrictions within the next two weeks.