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US jobless tally: 3 of 10 Nevada workers idle since closures

Posted at 10:23 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 16:32:47-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal figures show that about 24,000 out-of-work Nevada residents filed first-time unemployment claims last week.

NATIONAL: 3 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, bringing 8-week total to 36 million

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.

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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.

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