Nevada Sees Drop In Unemployment Insurance Claims

First Time Filer Levels The Lowest Since Mid-March

Mitch Kelly
September 14, 2020 - 4:28 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) - Finalized data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) show initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) totaled 7,951 for the week ending September 5, down 1.0 percent, from the previous week.

The new figure marks the fewest initial claims 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 fourth straight week, down 2.4 percent. This is the fewest continued claims since the report week ending April 11.

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 0.4 percentage points to 15.6 percent. It should be noted that the calculation of the insured unemployment rate is different from that of the state’s total unemployment rate. 

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 a decrease of 5.6 percent from last week. 

PUA continued claims saw a decline of 10.3 percent, from the previous week.