Initial unemployment claims declined last week

A vehicle drives by a sign at the State of Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) as the coronavirus continues to spread on April 28, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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By News and Talk Radio 840 AM

CARSON CITY, NV – According to finalized data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) totaled 7,209 for the week ending December 26th, down 7.6%, compared to the previous week’s total. Through the week ending December 26, there have been a total of 807,418 initial claims filed in 2020, 785,766 of which have been filed since the week ending March 14.

Continued claims, which represent the current number of insured unemployed workers filing weekly for unemployment insurance benefits decreased 8.9%, from the previous week. Decreases in regular continued claims have been recorded in 19 of the past 21 weeks, due in part to claimants exhausting their benefit weeks and moving to other benefit programs.

Nevada’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, which currently provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits, saw a decline of 4,035 claims from last week’s total.

Nevada’s State Extended Benefit (SEB) program currently provides up to 20 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted both their regular and PEUC program benefits, saw an increase of 3,362 claims from a week ago.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which provides benefits for self-employed, 1099 contract workers, and gig workers, declined 62.6%, from last week’s total.

There were 78,804 PUA continued claims filed in the week ending December 26, a decrease of 6.1%, from the previous week’s revised total.