Nevada’s unemployment rate held steady at 9.5 percent in August, maintaining the highest jobless rate in the country even though it added 11,200 jobs from a month ago, state officials said Friday.
State officials say a backlog of jobless benefits is being cleared as a new computer system comes online.
People trying to file for unemployment benefits online are out of luck.
Nevada’s jobless rate has ticked down slightly to 9.5 percent, even though the raw number of jobs in the state is also down.
About 20,000 unemployed Nevadans will face benefit cuts next month.
Nevada’s unemployment rate rose to 9.6 percent in June despite better than expected job growth.
Nevada’s unemployment rate has dropped to 9.5 percent in May, the lowest it’s been since 2008.
Nevada employers will soon be billed an average of $25 per employee per year to cover interest on loans taken to pay out jobless benefits.
Nevada’s unemployment dropped to 9.6 percent in April. That’s down nearly 2 percentage points over the year.
A March uptick in Nevada’s unemployment rate, to 9.7 percent, marks first time in 20 months the state has logged a month-to-month increase.