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Nevada News | Unemployment Extension Deadline Update

Las Vegas, NV (Mar 29) – As the legislative branch of our government takes its break leaving millions of Americans wondering what is to become of their unemployment benefits, WorldNewsVine checks in on how Nevada is coping. The news of the moment is hopeful. Nevada’s online unemployment filing system is up and running. With the on again, off again news from New York, it is with relief that telephone calls made today to Nevada’s unemployment claims centers were answered much quicker than any previous month.

In addition, clear instructions are posted on the Nevada Internet Claims website. These instructions read, “Congress has not yet passed a bill that will extend the expiration date for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) and extra $25 per week (FAC) programs due to expire on April 5, 2010. Continue to file your weekly claims either by telephone, on-line, or by mail each week and there will be no delay in receiving your benefits. The agency will update this message as further information is received.”

The latest unemployment figures for Nevada come from February 2010 statistics. Nevada’s official unemployment rate is currently stated to be 13.2 percent. Careful analysis of job openings posted in the Las Vegas Review Journal over the past seven months provide little hope that this part of the country is “on the road to recovery.” What was once a huge section of the newspaper is little more than a few columns long.

While the entire unemployed portion of the country holds its collective breath until the Senate reconvenes, those in Nevada are turning blue in the face. The passage of extensions is crucial. The creation of jobs any man, woman or young adult would be suitable for, and able to apply to, is critical. While the promise of “green” jobs is admirable, and much needed, it is the return of those “ordinary, everyday” jobs lost that is vital. What was once a thriving, even over-busy metropolitan area, Las Vegas is rapidly turning into a much paler version of its former self.

It is time to stop the month-to-month bickering over extending unemployment, and get legislation passed through the end of the year. It is also time for those Americans opposed to this much needed relief to put their money where their mouths are, loosen their own wallets, and begin spending.

There is one sure bet here in Nevada – those on unemployment are a boost to the economy spending every penny received on the basics of just staying alive.

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  2. LetsADDTIER4

    March 29, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Now lets start working on the unemployment bill. It was understood
    that there would be an extension for the existing tiers of
    unemployment. But there wasn’t any more added weeks to the tier 4 of
    the unemployment extension for the long term unemployed. This raises
    more issues for the unemployed. Once the unemployment benefits run out
    for tier 4, were are we supposed to turn. We will be homeless. this
    isn’t right. Congress needs to add more weeks to the bill for those of
    us that have been unemployed long term. Please, if you are one of the
    thousands of Americans that are unemployed and are currently recieving
    unemployment benefits and are in tier4 and are facing the loss of
    benefits please urge congress to add additional weeks to the
    unemployment bill.

    God Bless.

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    • Theresa

      March 30, 2010 at 1:01 am

      Hi LetsAddTier4, couldn’t agree with you more! So many, many people have worked all their lives putting into the system. On top of that, for most I’d be willing to bet this is the first time in their lives they’ve even had to use the unemployment system.

      Letting people starve is not an option. Something must be done – I do not have the answers, but millions cannot be left in the lurch with no where to turn!

      It’s going to take a heavy grassroots movement of Americans to speak up loud and clear and be heard. I’m thrilled to have representation like Dina Titus here in our area of the Las Vegas valley. Let’s just hope across the country, others have as concerned representation as Titus and her crew! I feel for the unemployed with petty individuals more concerned about keeping their jobs then doing their jobs.

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  3. cherl

    March 30, 2010 at 8:04 am

    American People – Next election stand up and be heard – FIRE THEM ALL – EVERY last congressman no matter the party – How many years have you paid taxes? Your government bails out bankers, wall street execs using your tax dollars – but unemployment is allowed to expire? How utterly irresponsible is it of your congressmen to go on vacation when without bothering to address how you will put food on your table? Next election – let Congress feel the sting of the unemployment lines!!!

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    • Theresa

      March 30, 2010 at 12:40 pm

      Hi Cheryl, an admirable sentiment, but it would not change a thing. THEY upon leaving office continue to receive pensions, health care, protection and more. Even if they serve but a fraction of their time in Congress, they still get all the goodies… forever.

      My personal complaint is I’ve never seen your average citizen take a “temp job” and continue to collect on that week, month, year’s worth of work for the rest of THEIR lives – so why not eliminate all the bonus goodies for serving the people in TEMP jobs.

      Just think, THEN maybe the budget would help balance itself… Duh.

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  4. Sandra

    March 30, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    The unemployed in our Country are middle-aged loyal employees; who, through no fault of their own, were laid off due to the economy. They are in a constant struggle to receive unemployment. Hundreds of thousands of unemployed throughout our country have exhausted Tier IV at the end of February. I have not had a check in ten weeks.

    April 5th this number will reach new heights. Washington choose to ignore this. They say they don’t want our children/grandchildren to pay this deficit; yet they do not worry about the families who will be facing the loss of their homes.

    America’s workers don’t need anymore quick fixes! America’s unemployed need policies that will support them throughout their climb toward re-employment, not political placeholders.

    Please sign the petition requesting the creation of a Tier V. Individual emails go out to the Administration, and Congress etc. immediately when you sign. http://www.change.org/petitions/view/the_99ers_need_a_tier_v_added_to_unemployment_benefits

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