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Nevada unemployment rate in April highest in nation due to business closures

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The U.S. Bureau of Labor released statistics showing that — in April — Nevada had an unemployment rate of of nearly 30% making it the highest in the nation. It was followed by the states of Michigan and Hawaii.

According to the Nevada Department of Training and Rehabilitation, Nevada has an unemployment rate of 28.2% which is down nearly 245,000 jobs. The national rate is 14.7%.

“The numbers in this month’s report, while sobering, do not come as a surprise. Our weekly unemployment claim report has shown a significant impact to the service industry in Nevada, and estimates of unemployment in the state are in line with our data on people filing for unemployment insurance. There is no precedent for data like this, neither the magnitude of the shift nor the speed with which it has happened,” said David Schmidt, Chief Economist for DETR.

The report shows the industries to lose the most jobs were the accommodation and food service industry (-40.9%), the administrative support industry (-28.2%), and the other services industry (-24.8%).