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Nevada’s latest jobless claims see slight uptick to 7,941 initial filings

NNBW staff report

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The number of insured unemployed workers in Nevada decreased slightly for the eighth straight week.

There are now 190,613 people receiving continued benefits, the lowest number since the week ending April 4, according to updated statistics released Oct. 9 for the week ending Oct. 3.

But officials at the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said the number of initial claims for benefits increased a bit to 7,941 — up an additional 416 claims from the previous week’s 7,525, which marked the lowest weekly claims since mid-March, when Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered mass closures of business in the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (PUA) also saw a decline in continuing claims by 1.3% to 94,559 for the week ending Oct. 3. Initial PUA claims also decreased for that week by 15.7% to 9,439. The PUA program provides benefits to the self-employed and other workers who don’t normally qualify for regular unemployment benefits.

The other two programs managed by the Employment Security Division both saw increases in claims. They are the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program that provides 13 weeks of benefits to those who have exhausted their regular benefits, and the State Extended Benefits program that provides 20 weeks of payments to those who have exhausted both regular and PUEC claims.

PUEC saw 50,782 new claims, up 13,436 from the previous week. The SEB program received 4,589 new claims, up 443 from the week before.

For the week ending Oct. 3, there were 1,475 continued claims in Carson City and 345 in Churchill County. Douglas County reported 1,072 and Lyon 1,137.

Washoe has 12,975 people receiving benefit checks and Clark County 156,342.