Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 | 10:52 a.m.
CARSON CITY — The number of people filing for their first unemployment check increased slightly in Nevada in July, ending a 31-month decline in claims.
The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today that 18,690 people submitted initial requests for benefits, compared to 18,650 in July 2011.
During the recession, first-time claims for benefits peaked at 36,414 in December 2008, the department said.
Officials said they don’t know if this is a one-time increase or if the state will see a continuing rise in claims.
The department is expected to issue its monthly unemployment rate Friday. Since February 2009, the state has averaged a double-digit jobless rate every month.