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DETR update on weekly unemployment, PUA claims

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation

As of July 18, 571,048 claims for regular unemployment insurance have been filed since March 14, 2020. Of the claimants, who filed weekly claims as of July 11, more than 227,000 have been been paid which represents 90% of the eligible claims filed, said state economist Dave Schmidt.

More than 23,000 of the weekly claims filed last week have pending issues. Another 43,000 claimants did not file a weekly claim which is required to get paid and 14,000 claims were not paid because the filer either made insufficient wages or was employed.

Schmidt said more than 300,000 weekly claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistant (PUA) were filed as of July 20 and as of Friday morning 121,980 have been paid. The total to date paid on PUA claims has been $1.3 billion with and average amount of $5,117 to each claimant.

DETR has paid out a total of $5.4 billion for all unemployment and CARES Act benefits.

DETR has been plagued with issues and was the target of a lawsuit seeking to speed up Pandemic Unemployment Assistant (PUA) payments to claimants. A judge on Monday ruled Nevada must begin payment of some PUA claims in Nevada by July 28, but put off a ruling on telling the state to pay all claims immediately.

In addition, former DETR Director Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner stepped down in April. Former Interim Director Heather Korbulic left after less than two months, and the former deputy director resigned last week.

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