Unemployment Benefits Extension Doesn’t Apply to Some Nevadans
An unemployment benefits extension that was announced by President Barack Obama on Monday does not apply to people who have exhausted their benefits in Nevada.
Obama said that the nation would give a 13-month extension to the benefits extension after the House failed to get a supermajority vote several weeks ago that would have prevented millions from losing their benefits.
Basic unemployment coverage runs for 26 weeks and depending on the state, can last another 73 weeks.
Nevada has the nation’s highest unemployment rate at around 14 percent and residents of the state can get the maximum 99-week coverage depending on their situation.
However, those who have exhausted their benefits in Nevada will not be eligible for the renewed extension proposed by Obama.
Many media have misinterpreted the extension clause, Cindy Jones, Nevada’s Employment Security Division administrator, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"The 99ers won't receive anything more," Jones told the newspaper, in reference to those who have exhausted their 99 weeks of benefits.
She told the paper that the benefits just make it so people can still get their benefits if they still are eligible. For example, if an unemployed person has already received benefits for 62 weeks, they would be slated to receive another 37 weeks under the extension.
A day after Obama made the announcement, the Labor Department released city unemployment figures for the month of October.
In 200 of the 372 largest metropolitan areas, the jobless rate dropped. Unemployment figures were less rosy compared to September, when the rate dropped in 321 metro areas.
The rate rose in 108 other metropolitan areas and remained about the same in 64 others in October. In September, the rate only rose in 31.