Another 71K File For First-Time Unemployment Claims In Nevada

Number Is Actually Lower That Last Week's

Associated Press
April 03, 2020 - 5:30 am
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — More than 71,400 people filed for unemployment in Nevada last week, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor, pushing the number of jobless claims since casinos and other businesses closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus past 164,000.

Governoir Steve Sisolak on Wednesday conceded there are problems in the state jobless office, telling reporters it was adding people, expanding hours and “working around the clock non-stop” to handle the flood of unemployment applications

He said most snags stem from people forgetting system passwords and because the state has done a poor job in the past of funding the jobless office, “Yes, you are going to get a busy signal (and) yes, you are going to have problems,” the governor said.

A statement last week from agency chief Tiffany Tyler-Garner promised that people having trouble submitting claims would not lose benefits regardless of when they are able to file. It said an online portal was set up for people having trouble resetting account usernames, passwords or both, and online claimants would receive instructions from state staff members.

Nationally, the Labor Department received 6.6 million new unemployment claims during the week ending March 28, double the 3.3 million a week earlier. 

A week ago, the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported a record 93,036 people filed unemployment claims during the week ending March 21.

Sisolak on March 17 ordered casinos and other non-essential businesses such as bars, movie theaters and gyms to close to prevent people from congregating and spreading the virus. He reinforced the directive this week, extending the closure to at least April 30 and telling Nevadans to stay home if they aren’t making essential trips for medical, grocery, pharmacy or other food purposes.

A Nevada Resort Association economic analysis said shuttering the Las Vegas tourism and hospitality industry put 320,000 employees relying on $1.3 billion a month in wages and salaries at immediate risk.