July 2, 2008
Carson City, NV Governor Jim Gibbons today announced he’s signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor for Nevada to participate in the federally funded extension of unemployment benefits approved by Congress last week as a component of H.R. 2642, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008.
As a result of the agreement, Nevada’s Employment Security Division of the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation will notify between 47,000 and 50,000 Nevadans of their potential eligibility for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation outlined in the act.
“Studies indicate that each dollar paid out in unemployment insurance benefits creates more than two dollars in economic activity in the state,” Gibbons said. “So aside from helping people who are struggling to make ends meet during this difficult economic downturn, this can provide a substantial stimulus to Nevada’s economy. I’d like to thank Nevada’s Congressional delegation for supporting this program.”
Under the Emergency Unemployment Compensation provisions, additional benefits will be made available to people who have exhausted all unemployment claims and have no additional eligibility. The program provides up to half of a person’s original claim entitlement, so someone claiming benefits under this program will receive the same dollar amount he or she received through their regular benefits, but for half as long, or up to 13 weeks.
People will be able to claim Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits during the effective dates of July 6, 2008 through March 31, 2009. The Governor has been working with DETR and the Employment Security Division to prepare for these changes, and the computer programming is well underway to be able to handle these new claims.