Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by a third in the week ending May 2.
The total 28,550 claims is
the lowest since the COVID-19 business closures. But that is still the seventh
highest number of initial claims in state history.
That is almost exactly the
same number as the week’s increase in continuing claims — 28,723 for a total of
Through the week of May 2,
there have now been a total of 440,761 claims filed in 2020. Those numbers put
the total unemployment percentage for jobs covered by unemployment at 22
percent. Officials point out that number is not the same as total state
Of those initial claims, just
388 were filed in Carson City.
For obvious reasons, Clark
and Washoe counties have far and away the most new claims — 31,374 and 4,502
The counties with the fewest
claims are Esmeralda with two for the week and Eureka with three.
Douglas County reported 324
initial claims, Lyon 387, and Churchill 103.
At this point, Carson has
3,661 continuing claims, Douglas 2,616, Lyon 3,392 and Churchill 842.
As of May 2, there was still
$1.55 billion in the Nevada Unemployment Trust Fund. During the week, $88.3 million
was paid out to jobless Nevadans.