Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 | 9:11 a.m.
CARSON CITY — A total of 17,644 people in Nevada applied for first-time unemployment benefits in July, the largest number in at least the last four months but 4.9 percent lower than the previous July.
Initial claims over the last 12 months have averaged 17,500, according to the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. Last month, first-time claims were 14,910.
Department economist Bill Anderson said the yearly figures “suggest that it is becoming easier for the unemployed to return to work. The report shows “a labor market that continues a slow but steady recovery,” he said.
The month with the most first-time claims for unemployment benefits — 36,414 — was December 2008. The low point since then was September 2012, when 13,932 people applied for benefits.