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October 24, 2014

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Number of Nevadans filing for unemployment benefits ticks up

CARSON CITY — The number of people filing for their first unemployment check increased slightly in Nevada in July, ending a 31-month decline in claims.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today that 18,690 people submitted initial requests for benefits, compared to 18,650 in July 2011.

During the recession, first-time claims for benefits peaked at 36,414 in December 2008, the department said.

Officials said they don’t know if this is a one-time increase or if the state will see a continuing rise in claims.

The department is expected to issue its monthly unemployment rate Friday. Since February 2009, the state has averaged a double-digit jobless rate every month.

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  1. I think we'll know how the year will end in this arena based on seasonal hiring that will start in September to help build toward 'Falliday' as most retailers call it. When hiring is low for these seasonal positions it's usually a reflection of store predictions on fiscal performance. Time will tell.

  2. I suppose it would be expecting too much for DETR to verify citizenship BEFORE issuing the checks? Maybe they could get help from H&HS IT geeks? Fraud, waste, and abuse.

  3. And back comes the Prez next week to tout his job creation ability.....and Amnesty for All.....seems to me he spends an inordinate amount of time in a State that has seen no benefit....I wonder which event he will screw up THIS TIME!!!