April 16, 2020
Reno's 4.6% jobless rate in March was a slight improvement from February's mark of 4.8% — and when looking year over year, nearly a full percentage point better than March 2020's rate of 5.5%.
The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Nevada is 8.3% for February, with 153,500 fewer people working than in February 2020.
Through the week ending Feb. 13, there have been a total of 851,469 initial claims filed since the week ending March 14, 2020, according to Nevada DETR.
It's a trend consistent with the state's slow economic recovery since the start of the pandemic due to Northern Nevada's focus on diversifying the economy in recent years to have less reliance on gaming and tourism/hospitality.
The new figures released today bring the running total the past month to about 22 million out of a U.S. workforce of roughly 159 million — easily the worst stretch of U.S. job losses on record.