Nevada Unemployment Rate Decline Brings SEB Program to an End

By Jim Donahue

The Employment Security Division of Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) announced Monday that the federally funded State extended benefits program would be ending on July 7, 2012.

Administrator for the Employment Security Division, Renee Olsen, said in a statement, “This exceptionally severe recession left many people unemployed for long periods of time,” and added, “The SEB program assisted them while they continued to search for their next job, and we understand that this is unfortunate news for those who depend on these benefits. We are committed to continuing to help them in their job search through Nevada JobConnect.”

State Extended Benefits (SEB) is a federally funded extended unemployment insurance program available to high unemployment states and has been active in Nevada since February 2009. Federal and state laws mandate that states in which SEB is paid have a three-month average unemployment rate that remains at least 10 percent higher than the corresponding months in any one of the three prior years. Nevada’s current three-month average unemployment rate is 11.8 percent, and in order to meet this threshold for SEB, Nevada’s three-month average rate would have needed to be 12.0 percent or higher, Olson said.

This ruling affects approximately 5,500 unemployment insurance recipients who are collecting State Extended Benefits.

SEB has provided up to a maximum of 20 additional weeks of extended benefits in unemployment benefits. Those individuals currently exhausting the fourth tier of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) may be eligible for SEB through the week ending July 7.

The SEB program is not part of the EUC program. The EUC program will remain available for those exhausting regular state unemployment insurance benefits. The federally-funded EUC program will remain in effect until the end of 2012.

“The declining unemployment rate suggests that Nevada’s labor market is on the mend, however, we recognize that it is still a challenge for many to find work,” said Frank R. Woodbeck, DETR director. “With continuous support from the Governor’s office, DETR is committed to doing everything possible to rebuild Nevada’s economy, which means attracting more businesses to the state and cultivating our training and placement services offered through Nevada JobConnect. We want to assure our citizens we are behind them every step of the way through this difficult time.”

All claimants affected by this announcement are encouraged to visit a Nevada JobConnect office, which offers resource centers, job listings, resume assistance, computer and fax access and other services designed to assist job seekers at one of the following locations:

Henderson 119 Water Street 702-486-0300
Las Vegas 3405 S. Maryland Parkway 702-486-0100
North Las Vegas 2827 Las Vegas Blvd, North 702-486-0200
Carson City 1929 N. Carson Street 775-684-0400
Reno 4001 S. Virginia Street Ste H 775-284-9520
Sparks 1675 E. Prater Way Ste 103 775-284-9600
Elko 172 6th Street 775-753-1900
Ely 1500 Avenue F Ste 1 775-289-1616
Fallon 121 Industrial Way 775-423-5115
Winnemucca 475 W. Haskell Street #1 775-623-6520
Pahrump 1020 E. Wilson Road 775-573-2323

Additional information regarding employment and training services offered through Nevada JobConnect may be found at www.nevadajobconnect.com.

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