Members of the Culinary Union Local 226 prepare before a car caravan rally Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in Las Vegas. The union is asking for casino companies to make their full safety guidelines and reopening plans public.
LAS VEGAS — Nevada state
officials said Wednesday that federal emergency funds are kicking in to extend
unemployment payments for an additional 13 weeks for idled workers who have
exhausted regular benefits.
The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said it added information about federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation to its jobless workers website.
The program is slated to end
in late December. Recipients also will keep receiving the $600 weekly payment
the federal government included in a coronavirus pandemic relief package in
late March, officials said.
The announcement came two
weeks after the state said the wave of ongoing jobless benefits passed a
trigger point to extend payments for another 13 weeks, and the state jobless
figure spiked to 19.9%.
New jobless numbers are expected Thursday.
The governor's office announced Tuesday that even though some businesses are reopening, people filing for unemployment in Nevada will not be required to search for work in order to get benefits.
Gov. Steve Sisolak's office
said the work search requirement will remain waived until further notice, and
people filing for benefits online can bypass the work search screen.
Restaurants, hair salons and some other businesses that closed or reduced operations in mid-March under Sisolak's restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus began reopening Saturday and letting reduced numbers of customers inside. Casinos, nightclubs, spas and gyms remain closed, along with indoor movie theaters, bowling alleys, community centers, tattoo parlors, strip clubs and brothels.
Almost 6,400 people in the state have tested positive for the COVID-19 illness caused by the coronavirus, and at least 321 have died, state health officials reported Wednesday.
Most people with the virus
experience symptoms such as fever and cough for up to three weeks. Older adults
and people with existing health problems can face severe illness, including
pneumonia, and death. The vast majority recover.