New Jobless Filings Down But Still Second-Highest Posted by John Axtell Date: April 17, 2020 3 Views LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – New unemployment claims in Nebraska fell this week after setting records each of the last 3 weeks, but are still a lot higher than in recent years because of coronavirus moves. The U-S Dept of Labor says 16,391 claims were filed, down from 16,391 a week earlier but still the second-highest weekly total in state history. The imposition of new COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions on businesses and residents hunkering down at home instead of going out or shopping, leading to large numbers of layoffs and temporary business closings. An easing of some unemployment rules and provisions in the coronavirus aid package passed by congress that increased benefits and opened unemployment to new groups including the self-employed have also helped boost new filings over the last month.