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Nevada Jobless Claims Drop

Officials with Nevada’ Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said Thursday that about 13,000 claims were filed in August. That's down 15 percent from claims in July. Claims were up about 2 percent from last August, but officials say claims were artificially low that month because the state shut down its processing system and installed a new one.

The state averaged 2.9 claims per week for every 1,000 jobs in August, which is close to the 20-year average of 3.2 claims per week per 1,000 jobs. The number of claims is about one-third of what it was at the peak of the recession.
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Jay Bartos joined Nevada Public Radio in 1993 to develop and manage the state’s first radio reading service for people unable to use standard printed material due to blindness or another disability. After the reading service was discontinued in 2011, he became the afternoon host on KNPR for ten years. Jay can now be heard on air on News 88.9 KNPR and Classical 89.7 KCNV throughout the week.