Nevadans filed 21,260 initial claims for unemployment benefits in November, a total that’s less than 200 more than the November 2011 count — but the increase marked the second month in a row that such claims went up.“This may be an indication of the end of the downward trend that Nevada experienced as claims fell from their recessionary peak,” said Bill Anderson, chief economist for the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.Anderson said initial claims have declined in eight of the first nine months of this calendar year, but that the pace of declines has been slowing from 2010 and 2011.New claims peaked at 36,414 in December 2008 but fell to just 13,932 in September of this year.“This is evidence that while Nevada’s economy is recovering, it is not yet returning to the economic boom of the years preceding the recession,” Anderson said.He also pointed out that initial claims tend to increase seasonally during the fall and winter months and then fall during spring and summer.
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