Time needed to process state unemployment extensions
As the Senate prepares to approve legislation extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, state employment security officials are warning it will take a few days to restart extended benefits.
Program administrator Cindy Jones said the department is continuing its planning to make sure everything moves as quickly as possible to restore benefits to those cut off in recent weeks. But she said it won’t happen overnight.
She said some parts of the bill require interpretation and there are new pieces in the legislation as well, but that claimants will start getting letters within a week to 10 days after the bill becomes law. Those letters will tell people whether they are eligible for extended benefits and provide instructions how to get their benefits.
With the appointment of Carte Goodwin to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., Democrats had the 60 votes needed to move forward on the bill, which was expected to receive final approval today and be signed into law by President Obama before the end of the week.
Jones said there are now nearly 94,000 Nevadans receiving unemployment benefits, some 40,000 of whom lost their benefits since the extended benefits programs expired in May.