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Nevada Jobless Tally Rises; Union Wants Idled Workers Paid

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A wave of jobless claims in Nevada since casinos and other businesses were shuttered in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic has grown to nearly 245,000.

Union leaders called Thursday for companies to use federal COVID-19 relief funds to pay idled workers until resorts reopen. One head of the powerful Culinary Union representing about 60,000 workers in Las Vegas said the idea of paycheck protection is to allow workers to be paid and keep benefits.

The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday that almost 80,000 more Nevadans filed new jobless claims last week.