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Nevada unemployment at 8.1%; Las Vegas metro area adds 4,400 jobs in March

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Las Vegas metro area added 4,400 jobs in March, but remains 126,200 jobs under levels recorded a year ago -- about 12.1% lower.

The state's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 8.1%.

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) released is March 2021 economic report on Thursday, showing some job growth but continuing to serve as a reminder of the economic hole created when businesses shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In other metro areas, Reno added 700 jobs and Carson City remained flat. Both Northern Nevada areas have recovered quicker than Las Vegas, which has a bigger dependence on air travel and convention business... Read More

Man gets 30 months in prison for attempting to defraud unemployment for $239K

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- An Arizona man was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after he was caught trying to collect nearly $239,000 in unemployment benefits from the state of California.

In February, Delashaun Dean, 32, pleaded guilty to count of possession of counterfeit and unauthorized access device. Dean was arrested in Las Vegas after police found 15 unemployment benefits debit cards in his hotel room.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Nevada, "The debit cards were all in different names; none were in Dean’s name. In addition, law enforcement found a fake driver’s license and a notebook containing personal identifying information of multiple individuals, which was used to apply for unemployment insurance benefits... Read More

UNLV accepting walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccines, has administered 100K doses

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The UNLV COVID-19 vaccination clinic is now accepting walk-ins for vaccinations. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

According to the UNLV School of Medicine, the decision to accept walk-ins is to encourage more people to get vaccinated as soon as possible. While the first dose can be done on a walk-in basis, an appointment will needed for the second dose. The clinic only administers the Moderna vaccine.

“I encourage everyone who’s eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” said UNLV Medicine CEO Dr. Michael Gardner. “We’re making the process seamless and we’ll be happy to take care of you.”

UNLV's clinic has administered more than 100,000 doses and is prepared to handle more than 2,000 patients a day. Getting the vaccine at UNLV typically takes no more than one hour from check-in to departure... Read More

Cashman Center to close as a vaccine site on May 5

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Cashman Center will close as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site on May 5, according to Southern Nevada Health District and Clark County officials.

The announcement was made Thursday when officials, including Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, appeared at the site. Kirkpatrick, who was there to receive her second vaccine dose, was joined by health district officials to talk about vaccination hesitancy and vaccination site changes.

"On Tuesday specifically, we did about 7,700 but today we’ll do roughly about 2,000, mostly second doses. Numbers are falling off and we're looking at different options going forward of how we’re going to operate to continue to vaccinate the community" said Chief Greg Cassell, who is the Incident Commander and part of the Incident Management Team. ... Read More

NEW: Nevada's COVID-19 test positivity continues climb, 20 deaths reported

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada's test positivity increased to 5.5% and the state reported 20 deaths in data released on Thursday.

Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate climbed above 5% on Monday, and has been steadily rising for the past 12 days. The increase on April 3 was the first time in nearly three months that the test positivity rate grew, as it had been falling since Jan. 13.

Most of the state’s cases 549 confirmed virus cases came from Clark County, which had 440. Nevada’s total cases are now at 309,699. Clark County has a total of 239,293.

Nevada reported 20 additional COVID-19-related deaths, with seven deaths reported in Clark County. The county's death total on Tuesday was higher than the state's total, and today's reports likely adjusted to the disparity in numbers. Nevada’s most populous county now accounts for 4,205 of the state’s 5,359 deaths. The 14-day rolling average is three deaths per day... Read More

City of North Las Vegas hiring for 100 part-time positions

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The city of North Las Vegas is looking to fill 100 part-time summer jobs and will be holding a hiring party.

NLV Parks and Recreation will hold the hiring party on Thursday, April 22 at the Silver Mesa Recreation Center, 4025 Allen Lane in North Las Vegas. It starts at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. There will be on-the-spot interviews and snacks for applicants.

The following part-time positions are available:  Aquatics Coordinator  Lifeguard  Pool Manager Water Safety Instructor. The city said it will be up to the employee to pay if they need to be certified to become a lifeguard.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online before the event at this link... Read More

DETR resolves PUA website issue, but problems still plague UI system

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reports Thursday morning that it's resolved the issue with the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) website (EmployNV.gov) and all claimants can now file their claims.

The site was taken offline Wednesday evening for repairs.

DETR continues to have an issue with its regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) system that is impacting people trying to file claims. DETR has said it's working on the problem and hopes to have it resolved in time for next week's filing.

Once resolve, eligible clients will be able to file for the week they missed as well as the current week... Read More