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Extended Unemployment Benefits to be Reinstated This Week

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Directly from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR):

More than 20,000 Nevada claimants have received extended benefit payments since President Obama signed into law legislation extending the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program on July 22, 2010.

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) expects to complete the reinstatement of claims by next week to all of the more than 40,000 claimants, who could not continue to receive extended benefits after the program expired on June 2, 2010," said Cynthia Jones, DETR deputy director and Employment Security Division administrator.

"The department continues to work overtime processing claims to ensure everyone who qualifies for EUC and State Extended Benefits are expeditiously paid current and past funds due to them," Jones said. "We understand the anxiety people are feeling as they wait for their benefits to be paid. We appreciate the continued patience and cooperation of claimants as we work together to make this process go as smoothly as possible."

"Instructional letters followed by benefit statements have been and continue to be mailed to all who qualify for EUC and State Extended Benefits informing them of their benefit amounts and what is required to reopen their claims, Jones said.

"Claimants should avoid calling the Unemployment Claims Centers until they receive their benefit statements. Claimants who have not received a letter from the department by Friday, August 13, 2010 should contact the unemployment call centers. Additionally, claimants should only call the Debit Card customer service line to check their card balances.

"Due to the volume of transactions being made, the payments must be made in categories, which are the five tiers: four federal extensions and the State Extended Benefits," Jones said. "Our computer system is being pushed to capacity. However, we were able to begin paying claimants much sooner than we expected and will complete the process more quickly than what we hoped for."

The Unemployment Call Centers will be open on Saturday, August 14, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Callers are urged to be prepared when making a request for the prior weekly claims to be filed. The following are some tips to remember:

• If you have worked since you stopped receiving your extended benefits, be sure to have all your employment information when calling. This includes your most recent two employers,

• You will be asked to certify that you have been seeking work and available to accept work for the weeks you are requesting payment for.

• Once your past weekly claims have been processed, you will be able to file your next weekly claim by telephone or online at www.expressclaim.org.

• Nevada Unemployment Insurance Telephone Claim Center Telephone

Numbers:

Northern Nevada: (775) 684-0350

Southern Nevada: (702) 486-0350

Rural Nevada & Out of State: (888) 890-8211

Updates with general information can be obtained at www.nvdetr.org.

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