Unemployment grant

Nevada has received a grant for nearly $1 million that will pay for systems allowing the state's unemployed to file claims using the Internet.

Nevada will receive $960,838 from the U.S. Department of Labor to establish a system allowing employment insurance applicants to submit their initial claim for jobless benefits via telephone. A second grant, for $494,105, will fund a program which makes it possible for people to file for benefits over the Internet.

These two projects are among 14 others in 11 states that will allow workers to file initial claims through remote systems.

"This is the fifth year the Labor Department has provided grants for states to establish remote filing of unemployment insurance claims via the Internet and telephone," Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman said. "This is a great service for American workers."

Grants totaling $9.3 million were awarded competitively for seven telephone claims filing systems and seven Internet filing systems. Nevada and two other states, Georgia and Virginia, received grants for both. This is the first year Nevada has received a grant.


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