First-time unemployment claims in Nevada rise

Overall unemployment rate sees slight decline

Mitch Kelly
September 21, 2020 - 5:19 am
A vehicle drives by a sign at the State of Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) as the coronavirus continues to spread on April 28, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - New numbers from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) show initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled 8,332 for the week ending September 12th, up 4.8 percent compared to last week’s total.

Through the week ending September 12th, there have been 686,683 initial claims filed in 2020, 665,031 of which have been filed since the week ending March 14.

Continued claims, which represent the current number of insured unemployed workers filing weekly for unemployment insurance benefits, fell for the fifth consecutive week to 206,166, a decline of 4.6 percent.

Nevada’s insured unemployment rate, which is the ratio of continued claims in a week to the total number of jobs covered by the unemployment insurance system (also known as covered employment), fell by 0.7 percentage points to 14.9 percent.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which provides up to 46 weeks of benefits for the self-employed, 1099 contract workers, and gig workers saw filings increase by 4.9 percent, from last week. PUA continued claims declined 10.4 percent from the previous week.