Fewer Nevadans file for unemployment in August

work work workNearly 9,600 initial unemployment claims were filed in Nevada in August, a 10.7 percent drop from August of last year, the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Tuesday. The number of initial claims was also nearly 10 percent lower in August than in July.

The average length of unemployment dipped slightly to 13.3 weeks last month, down from 13.5 weeks in August 2017.



Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.


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