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DETR: Regular initial, continued unemployment claims decline for 1st time since June; PUA initial claims fall

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Posted at 10:43 AM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 14:25:00-04

NEVADA (KTNV) — Finalized data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) show initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) totaled 13,727 for the week ending Aug. 1, down 4,663 claims, or 25.4 percent, compared to last week’s total of 18,390 claims.

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This is the first decline in weekly initial claims since the week ending June 20, the agency reports.

Through the week ending Aug. 1, there have been 624,817 initial claims filed in 2020, 603,165 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 to 327,954, a decline from the previous week of 18,184 claims, or 5.3 percent.

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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 1.3 percentage points to 23.6 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 for the self-employed, 1099 contract workers, and gig workers saw 18,495 initial claims filed in the week ending Aug. 1, a decrease of 15,577, or 45.7 percent, from last week’s total of 34,072. Since the PUA program began, 385,103 initial claims have been filed.

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PUA continued claims totaled 128,190 in the week ending Aug. 1, a decline of 22,116 from the previous week’s revised total of 150,306.

Weekly PUA continued claims are now reported by the benefit week claimed.

This follows the reporting procedure for regular continued claims and allows us to understand the number of unemployed workers filing weekly for PUA benefits.

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 15,617 claims filed in the week, an increase of 762 claims from a week ago.

Nevada’s State Extended Benefit (SEB) program, which provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted both their regular unemployment benefits and PEUC program benefits, saw 898 claims filed in the week, an increase of 506 claims from a week ago.

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Nationally, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted regular initial claims was 1,186,000 a decrease of 249,000 claims from the previous week's revised level of 1,434,000.

The national insured unemployment rate for the week ending July 25 was 11.0 percent, a decrease of 0.6 percentage points from the previous week’s revised rate. The national rate is reported with a one-week lag.

ADDITIONAL JOBS DATA

State-level data from the U.S. Department of Labor can be found here: DOL Weekly Claims Report. Please note that state data from the U.S. Department of Labor tends to be released more slowly than national data.

View the state-level unemployment insurance claims report for the week ending Aug. 1 here: Weekly Report.

A dashboard for Nevada weekly claims can be viewed here: Weekly Dashboard.

A page for Nevada weekly claims characteristics by the program can be viewed here: Weekly Claims Characteristics.

A monthly claims dashboard can be found here: Monthly Dashboard and monthly claims demographic page can be found here: Monthly Demographics.

View weekly county claims trends here: Weekly by County.

Dashboards are interactive reports that allow you to dig deeper into the data.

HOW TO FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT

To file for unemployment in the State of Nevada, DETR says to use the online application available 24/7 at ui.nv.gov.

People unable to file online may file via telephone by calling a UI Claims Call Center between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday between 8 a.m. and noon.

Northern UI Call Center: (775) 684-0350; Southern UI Call Center: (702) 486-0350; Rural areas and Out-of-State: (888) 890-8211.

Claimants are highly encouraged to use the internet to file their UI claims, as it is the fastest and most convenient way to file and reserves the phone lines for individuals who are not able or do not have the necessary resources to file online.

Online filing during non-peak hours, such as early mornings, at night, or weekends is also highly recommended.

To continue to receive benefits, claimants must file weekly.

Online filers are encouraged to participate in the online claim filing system announced in April.

The system, now operational, is organized by last names and is aimed at providing quicker results for Nevadans seeking to gain access to unemployment benefits:

  • Claimants with last names starting with A-K are asked to file on Sundays.
  • Last names L-R are asked to file on Mondays.
  • Last names S-Z are asked to file on Tuesday.
  • Wednesday through Saturday is open for all to initiate or renew claims online.

For Nevada workers who are self-employed, 1099 contract workers, and gig workers, Nevada’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (PUA) is now available.

For further information regarding the PUA program visit detr.nv.gov/pua.

Individuals will be able to file online at employnv.gov or call the PUA Call Center at (800) 603-9681 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday between 8 a.m. and noon.

Claimants are encouraged to visit ui.nv.govand at detr.nv.gov/coronavirus to view important announcements and access essential resources.

Online tutorial videos are also available in both English and Spanish and can be viewed on the Nevada Unemployment Insurance YouTube page.