In November, 21,260 initial unemployment claims were filed in Nevada, compared to 21,086 in November 2011.
That is less than a 1 percent increase over the year, which is the second month in a row that initial claims have increased from their 2011 level. Since the beginning of the recession initial claims peaked at 36,414 in December 2008, and the low point for initial claims was 13,932 in September 2012.
This is the first time that initial claims have increased in consecutive months since 2009, said Bill Anderson, chief economist for Nevada's Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
"This may …