Initial Nevada unemployment claims steady out

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A new report from Nevada officials shows initial claims for unemployment insurance are in line with what they've been over a 20-year average.

Officials with the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said Thursday that about 13,000 claims were filed in August. That's down 15 percent from claims in July.

Claims are up about 2 percent from last August, but officials say that's only because claims were artificially low last August when the state shut down its processing system and installed a new one.

The state averaged 2.9 claims per week for every 1,000 jobs in August, which is close to the 20-year average of 3.2 claims per week per 1,000 jobs.

The number of claims is about one-third of what it was at the peak of the recession.

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