Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 1:17 p.m.
CARSON CITY — First-time claims for jobless benefits in Nevada climbed to 14,503 in June, an increase of nearly 2,000 more than in May.
But the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said today that the number was still 3 percent lower than in June 2013.
Department Economist Bill Anderson said last month’s increase may have been the result of some claims in May not being counted until June. The number in May was 12,524.
“Overall, while some further downward momentum continues in initial claims activity, over the longer horizon, initial claims are virtually unchanged” when compared to the mid 2000s, Anderson said.
First-time claims peaked at 36,414 in December 2008.