Nevada Unemployment Rises to 13.7%

Updated : February 5th, 2021

During these times of slow economic recovery, Nevada is absolutely not showing any signs of improvement. In fact, the unemployment rate of Nevada has risen to 13.7% in April from 13.4%. The financial experts have been attributing it the government’s austerity as about 5500 jobs were axed last month by the local governments.

The Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation states that many local governments have been forced to cut off jobs in spite of the numerous salary concessions. Bill Anderson, chief economist of the Department, said that the coming months will see more job cuts as the municipalities adjust to lower budgets from July 1.



Refer to Nevada unemployment claims guide to learn more about unemployment claims in Nevada.

13.7 % is actually the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of Nevada. With almost 193,000 people jobless, the raw rate actually is 14%. The unemployment rate of Las Vegas set a new record by registering 14.2%.

There could be numerous factors deciding the job cuts by the local governments. Construction sector seems to be the worst hit of all. There has been no major recovery since 1995. The employment in the construction sector has dropped from 148,800 to 62,700. There has been a rise in the statewide labor by 5000 may be due to financial reasons. Most of the jobs came in the form of seasonal hires in categories like outdoor recreation, sporting goods, garden and hardware stores.

You can refer to unemployment claims guide for more details on unemployment claims.



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  1. My benefits ended Jan. 11, 2020. Will I be eligible for 13 week extension and if so how do I claim in N.J.?

    1. John,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  2. I have been trying to apply for unemployment,on-line and by phone, for several days. My first attempt was on the day that I was required by last name. I truly understand that there is going to be an extremely large,either by phone or on-line,influs of applicants to complete this process. Following the prompts do not seem to work since I am guided to another section that does not pertain to applying. I am extremely frustrated. I need to complete my unemployment claim. May you please tell me what I need to do?

    1. Edna,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly. Please read more about the situation here https://fileunemployment.org/coronavirus/

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

    1. I am not sure how it works in your state. We suggest you visit the Unemployment Office’s website and learn more about it under the FAQs section.

  3. I am confused, my Illinois unemployment was accepted on March 29th, but I don’t call to certify for benefits until Monday, March 13th. I thought they were waiving the waiting week. Now I have to wait almost 3 weeks for any kind of financial relief? Do I not get the 600 for the care plan? if I do when will that be here? will it be direct deposit? Please help me.

    1. Jennifer,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. You can use the “Resources” or “FAQs” section of the website.

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