New Jobless Claims Up Slightly In Neb, Down In SD

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The number of Nebraska making initial claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week for the first time in more than a month as it apparently is stabilizing but at a much higher rate than normal because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The U-S Dept of Labor says the 5,875 first-time claims last week was 39 more than the previous week, but over 500 fewer than the week before that and less than a quarter of the record of nearly 27,000 the first week in April

. The new numbers bring the total number of claims in Nebraska to 129,000 since mid-March, although not all of those people are still unemployed. The count is more than for the last 3 years combined.

South Dakota had 3,410 initial claims, a drop of 481 from the week before. The latest number of continued claims is 25,186 – the number of unemployed workers eligible for and receiving benefits after their initial claim.

Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order on Tuesday extending the COVID-19 State of Emergency to Dec. 30, which means both the non-paid waiting week and work search requirement set to expire May 31 will continue to be waived until further notice.

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