LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal figures show that about 24,000 out-of-work Nevada residents filed first-time unemployment claims last week.
That pushes the percentage of people seeking jobless benefits to 31% since casinos and businesses shut down in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A U.S. Department of Labor report shows new claims have slowed since a peak of more than 92,000 the week after closures began.
But the state unemployment rate has shot up from an all-time-low 3.6% in February to a record 22% last week.
Another jump is expected with a state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation report on Friday.