Unemployment claims in Nevada drop slightly

Continued claims fall for 5th straight week

Mitch Kelly
September 28, 2020 - 5:03 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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CARSON CITY, NV – Finalized data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) show initial claims for unemployment insurancewas down 1.6 percent, compared to last week’s total.. Through the week ending September 19, there have been 694,881 initial claims filed in 2020, 673,229 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 203,408, a decline of 1.3 percent from the previous week. This is the fewest continued claims since the report week ending April 11 when there were 189,007 claims filed.

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 0.2 percentage points to 14.7 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 11,438 initial claims filed in the week September 19, an increase of 10.9 percent from last week’s total.

PUA continued claims totaled 95,681 in the week ending September 19, a decline of 4.5 percent, from the previous week’s revised total 

Nevada’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits, saw 31,382 claims filed in the week, an increase of 3,261 claims from a week ago. In the next several weeks, PEUC claims are expected to increase sizably as large groups of regular program filers exhaust their regular unemployment benefits.