Nevada unemployment back up to 24.9%, gig worker claims jump
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada officials say the state's unemployment rate is back up to 24.9%, with a wave of more than 18,000 people filing initial claims for benefits last week.
The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said Friday the number of first-time unemployment benefit claims is approaching 600,000 following the mid-March coronavirus closures.
The troubled Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program for self-employed and gig workers had more than 34,000 initial claims last week, up 74.2% from the week before.
State health officials say the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases is above 48,000. Nevada’s 29 new deaths since Thursday brings that total to at least 830.
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