Another 66K Filed For Unemployment In Nevada Last Week

State's Jobless Rate The Highest In 5 Years

Associated Press
April 16, 2020 - 8:51 am
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LAS VEGAS, NV (AP) - More than 60,000 Nevada residents filed unemployment claims last week, bringing to more than 300,000 the number of out-of-work people seeking benefit checks since casinos and businesses closed in mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to federal figures.

The U.S. Department of Labor report about the new joblessness claims on Thursday came as Nevada health officials said the state’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak is at least 137, with more than 3,300 people infected.

The Nevada jobless rate jumped to 6.3% in March, the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Wednesday, a dramatic increase from all-time lows of 3.6% in January and February.

In the weeks between March 14 and April 4, Nevada had its highest number of initial weekly unemployment insurance claims on record. Gov. Steve Sisolak acknowledged Tuesday that the state jobless office wasn’t designed to handle the unprecedented wave of idled workers trying to file for benefits by telephone and online.

The Labor Department said 5.2 million more people nationally filed for unemployment in the week ending April 11.

Nevada jobless officials said they have more than doubled staffers from from 70 to more than 200 and hired an an outside firm to add 100 full-time operators beginning this this week. The governor said benefits can be backdated to the earliest date of eligibility, March 15.