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Nevada Launches System To Accept Gig Workers' Weekly Claims

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has finally launched a system to accept weekly claims from non-traditional workers for unemployment benefits authorized by the federal government.

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation announced Saturday that Nevadans eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program could begin filing weekly claims.

The department made the announcement about two and a half hours after saying it and its vendor had worked "tirelessly" overnight to launch the system as scheduled at 8 a.m. but that "technical complications" delayed the launch.

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The new system is independent of the traditional unemployment insurance system. State officials reported that Nevada had 7,696 COVID-19 cases with 388 deaths as of Saturday.